Thursday, May 20, 2010

Afrocolombian Children's Book

In 1990, Colombia celebrated the Year of Culture. As part of the festivities, the government sponsored the creation of several children's books. Among them is a book entitled "Niños de Colombia Negra". It was written by Esmeralda Va Vliet.

It consists of several chapters:

#1 -- Del Congo al Magdalena -- This chapter discusses slavery and the arrival of the black slaves in Colombia at the port of Cartagena.

#2 -- Los caminos de la libertad -- Talks about Benkos (Domingo) Bioho, who founded the first freed slave city in the Americas and also mentions important dates in Afrocolombian history.

#3 -- Pueblos negros de Colombia -- Talks about the different regions where the majority of Afrocolombians live -- San Andrés, Costa Atlántica, Costa Pacífica, and the Valle Del Cauca.

The book is now out of print, but you can read it online here:

1 comment:

em and pete said...

This is great...thanks!