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Native American Slavery in New Mexico

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Feb 27, 2018
  • 15:24

Guest: Gregorio Gonzales, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara When we think of slavery in America, the painful legacy of enslaved Africans in the American South typically comes to mind. But there was, at the same time, a lesser-known slave trade on the other side of the continent, in what would become modern-day New Mexico and Colorado. Hispanic settlers enslaved tens of thousands of Native Americans, known today as “Genízaros.” Today, through DNA analysis, Hispanics in the Southwest are discovering – with some surprise – that they have Native American ancestry and that the story of their forebearers is complicated.