Little Known Black History Fact: Juan Garrido

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Through the path of his expeditions with Ponce De Leon, Garrido came to be the first African to enter what would become the United States.  He could be referred to as the first African American.

There are 16th century paintings depicting Juan Garrido, in which he was mistaken as a slave, like one in which he is holding a pike, standing next to a horse belonging to Hernan Cortes.

Juan Garrido explored a final expedition in 1533 with Cortes to Baja California before he passed away in 1536.

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  1. Juan Garrido was one of many free Africans and or Afrodescendants who arrived in the Americas the first years of the sixteenth century. Cristobal Palacios is another such a man. He actually arrived in Santo Domingo with Nicolas de Ovando’s fleet in 1502. Just as interesting is his daughter, Beatriz de Palacios who was present with Cortez during the so-called Noche Triste in Mexico City 1519. Beatriz is the first Black Woman Conquistador.

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