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This volume of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute’s Monographs series disseminates for the first time ever a full English translation of a seminal document in the history of Black people in the Americas: the January, 1522 “ordinances on slaves and blacks” issued by the colonial government of La Española or Santo Domingo (known in English as Hispaniola), the first post-1492 European settlement in the Americas and, at the same time, the first black-majority society in the modern Americas and the ancestor society of what is today the Dominican Republic.



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