Afro-Mexican Slave Labor in the Obrajes de Paños of New Spain, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  title={Afro-Mexican Slave Labor in the Obrajes de Pa{\~n}os of New Spain, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries},
  author={Frank “Trey” Proctor},
  journal={The Americas},
  pages={33 - 58}
  • Frank “Trey” Proctor
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • The Americas
  • On April 5, 1723, Juan Joseph de Porras, a mulatto slave laboring in an obraje de paños (woolen textile mill) near Mexico City, appeared before the Holy Office of the Inquisition for blasphemy. According to the testimony of six slaves, including Porras’ wife, while his co-workers prepared to bed down for the night in the obraje Porras had blasphemed over a beating he had received from the mayordomo (overseer) earlier in the day. Señor Pedregal, the owner of the obraje, testified that Porras was… CONTINUE READING
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