|Texas Black History Preservation Project
Documenting the Complete African American Experience in Texas -- "Know your history, know yourself"
| The African Diaspora to the Americas
The transatlantic slave trade saw the forced movement of Africans to the Americas and Caribbean Islands as cheap labor sources. From the 16th to the 19th
century, more than 10 million Africans were taken from their homelands, primarily the continent's central lands and countries along the western coast. Those
who survived the arduous and inhumane conditions of the Middle Passage were introduced to indigenous customs and religions, however, Africans also
retained and practiced many of the customs from their homelands. Mixing and intermarrying with indigenous people created new cultures.
For this section, we examine different aspects of the Diaspora and how Africans made their way to what would become Texas: