afrosalvadoran

Lienzo de Quauhquechollan 1528

This depiction of the Spanish invasion is a cloth painting that is one of the oldest surviving maps of what is now Guatemala. 

It was painted by the Spanish’s Nahua allies in Quauquechollan, modern day San Martín Huaquechula.

A key feature of this painting is the depiction of a black person (lower right). It is one of the earliest representations of Africans in the Americas and it is used as proof of afrosalvadoran existence since slaves from Guatemala were brought to El Salvador. 

Se prohibió especialmente en forma terminante el ingreso de chinos, mongoles, negros, malayos, gitanos, (húngaros), árabes, libaneses, sirios, palestinos, o conocidos con el nombre de “TURCOS” (sic).
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Salvadoran constitution during dark times of military dictatorship.

Roots of the denial of afrosalvadorans in present day.