A skeleton buried at the first European town in the Americas belonged to a young woman from western Africa. She may be the earliest known person from Africa to make the journey

A skeleton buried at the first European town in the Americas belonged to a young woman from western Africa. She may be the earliest known person from Africa to make the journey

By Colin Barras
A woman’s body exhumed from this graveyard in what was once La Isabela, in the Dominican Republic, seems of African origin
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A 15th-century skeleton buried at the first European settlement in the Americas probably belonged to an unknown African woman, an analysis of her teeth suggests. The woman died in her mid-20s, within about five years of Christopher Columbuss first voyage to the Americas, and decades before the start of the transatlantic slave trade.
I think it’s possible that she may have been the earliest known individual of African origin to participate in European efforts to establish a settlement in the Americas, …

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