Explorers

Bronze statue of York at Riverfront Plaza:Belvedere, Louisville, Kentucky. Photo Credit: © Wikimedia Commons.

United States – York, Member Of The Lewis & Clark Expedition

After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned a team of explorers to map the newly acquired territory. The 45-member team led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark, included officers, enlisted military personnel, civilian volunteers, and York, a body servant to Clark. Born in 1770, York was […]

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Landing Of Columbus At Guanahani (Bahama Islands) Oct. 12, 1492, New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The Bahamas – Four African Brothers Accompany Christopher Columbus On His First Voyage

The African Niño Brothers – Pedro Alonso, Francisco, Juan and Bartolomé were a family of sailors from the town of Moguer (in Huelva, Andalusia, Spain). They were part of the team which successfully led Columbus’ first voyage that landed in the Bahamian Islands, likely the island of San Salvador. The four Moranos Niño brothers were

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"A chart of the Iland of HISPANIOLA with the windward passage from Jamaica between the East end of Cuba and the west end of Hispaniola" New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Dominican Republic – From Africa to Hispaniola

Documentary evidence of skeletal remains from La Isabela, Hispaniola (modern day Dominican Republic) – the settlement established after Columbus’ second voyage – indicates that the accompanying crew likely included a few individuals who were African. This DNA analysis of excavated human bones suggests that Africans crossed the Atlantic much earlier than the first slave ship

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