The African presence in the Americas. More than nine and one-half milion slaves were taken to the Americas from Africa during the colonial period, roughly from the sixteenth century until the mid-1800s; it is estimated that over 90% of the slaves were taken to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America. The slaves represented a wide range of ethnic groups from various regions in west and central Africa, and they brought with them a rich cultural legacy, part of which can be clearly seen in the many musics played today throughout the Americas.
“Maquinolandera” (bomba, Puerto Rico)
(composed by Margarita Rivera)