Americans found that Africans had 'Great Medicine' in their bodies. They were virtually immune to European diseases that decimated most native populations. This was also an encouragement for joining together, to create stronger, healthier children from the unions.
Since 1502, Black Indians have been reported, documented, painted, and photographed coast to coast from Hudson's Bay to Tierra del Fuego. In the decades between the 1619 Jamestown settlement and the 'Great Treaty Signings' of the 1880's, Black Indian Societies were reported in more than 15 states from New York to South Carolina as well as the thirty Caribbean Islands 'blessed' by European colonization.
Here are three books about Black Indians that you may find interesting:
- Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz
- Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America by James F. Brooks
- Black Indian Slave Narratives by Patrick Minges
I hope that you have enjoyed my take on this unique segment of our Black History! I look forward to your thoughts, comments and village voices!