Asian Slaves in Mexico's History
Byline: Merry-Go-Round: Floro L. Mercene
MEXICO CITY About 100,000 Asian slaves were brought to Mexico by the Manila galleons through the centuries, a dark side of the trade that has not been explored by historians. The slaves were captured by Spanish and Portuguese traders in India, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mindanao, loaded on the galleons in Manila and transported to Acapulco.
One such slave was a Filipino by the name of Nicolas Tolentino, who ended up in Chihuahua in northern Mexico, birthplace of the revolutionary hero Pancho Villa.
Because the Spanish king had orders that Filipinos were not to be enslaved, Tolentino petitioned the …
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Publication information: Article title: Asian Slaves in Mexico's History. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: February 4, 2005. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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