Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||Francisco A. De Icaza, drawing from The Autobiographical Dictionary of Conquerors and Settlers of the New Spain|
|Context||Spaniards were interested in the lives of the conquistadores.|
|Audience||The general public|
Juan Garrido was an African (though perhaps one born in Spain) who came to the Americas in about 1510, probably as a servant or slave. He participated, with other Africans, in the Spanish conquest of TenochtitlÃ¡n in 1521. He lived in Mexico City for many years, where he owned African and Indian slaves and struggled to prosper. He was evidently the first person in the Americas to plant wheat, a European plant that the Spanish preferred to corn. Garrido was one of a small but important group of Africans in early Spanish America.