Slavery since the 1500's
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NEW WORLD SLAVERY DATES BACK TO THE 1500'S
"I think it is particularly interesting because you have African slaves from Africa, you have Europeans from Spain and you have Maya Indians who were in this region initially all together in this church cemetery," Price said.
Early in their rule, the Spanish enslaved Indians to perform heavy labor but turned to African slaves as European diseases decimated native populations, researchers said.