Category: 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… Read More…

Dominican Republic – Juan Garrido, Black Conquistador

Juan Garrido was born in West Africa circa 1480. He moved to Portugal and later Spain as a free man, before joining one of the expeditions to the New World. Considered the first Black conquistador, Garrido left Seville around 1508 and arrived on the island of La Española (now known.. Read More…

"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.. Read More…