Afro-Salvadoran

Afro-Salvadoran are the African population that came to El Salvador, who have completely mixed into the general mestizo population. A total of 10,000 African slaves were brought to El Salvador. El Salvador has no English Antillean (West Indian), Garifuna, and Miskito population, largely due to laws banning the immigration of blacks into the country in the 1930s. These laws were revoke in the 1980s. 

Slaves began to be imported around the 1540s. Most slaves brought to El Salvador were used in local mining operations. Many died living no descendants. Slaves were also used in the haciendas, growing indigo. Regions such as San Salvador, San Vicente, Zacatecoluca, Chinameca, and Ahuachapan had significant population of Afro-descendants. In 1625, there was an attempted slave rebellion, which was aborted. This discouraged the importation of African slaves. The Afro-descendants eventually began to mix with the general population producing the mulatto and zambo population of El Salvador. African men readily chose Amerindian women, so their children would be free. Laws were pass banning the miscegenation of the African and Amerindian population for this reason. Slavery was abolished in 1825, making El Salvador the second country to ban slavery in the Americas, outside Haiti. Numerous slaves from Belize fled to El Salvador, eventually mixing with the native population.

Works Cited

William, Kent C. Afromestizo(2001). The African Heritage of Central Mexico. El Salvador

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