Elizabeth Key Grinstead (1630–1665)

Historical Reenactors at Williamsburg, Virginia Portraying Elizabeth Key and William Grinstead  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Elizabeth Key Grinstead was one of the first women of African American ancestry in the North American colonies to sue for her freedom and win. Key won freedom for herself and … Read MoreElizabeth Key Grinstead (1630–1665)

Sebastián Gómez (1646?–1690?)

Murillo Discovering Sebastián Gómez Painting in Murillo’s Studio "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Spanish Baroque painter Sebastián Gómez was born around 1646 in Seville, Spain, a product of that city’s sizeable African-descended community. Ordinary benchmarks pertaining to most of his life—ancestry, circumstances of birth, parentage, identity … Read MoreSebastián Gómez (1646?–1690?)

Paramaribo, Suriname (1630 – )

Paramaribo is the largest city, chief port, and capital of Suriname, a country located on the north coast of South America and the continent’s smallest nation. The city had a population of 250,000 people in 2014 who comprised about half the population of the entire … Read MoreParamaribo, Suriname (1630 – )

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda (1632- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” St. John’s (population 22,342) is the capital of the Eastern Caribbean twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, covers 108 square miles. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square … Read MoreSt. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda (1632- )

Castries, St. Lucia (1650 – )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Castries, capital of St. Lucia, is also the largest city on the island.  The latest estimates show its population as about 20,000.  St. Lucia with a total population of 163,362 (July 2014 est.) is part of the Windward Islands chain which … Read MoreCastries, St. Lucia (1650 – )

Antananarivo, Madagascar (1600s- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Antananarivo (formerly known as “Analamanga” and “Tananarive”) is the capital of the Republic of Madagascar and its largest city. It is located on a high plateau overlooking the Ikopa and Besiboka Rivers.  In the southern part of the city lay Lake … Read MoreAntananarivo, Madagascar (1600s- )

Roseau, Dominica (1650- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Roseau is the capital, principal town, and major port of Dominica, an island nation of 72,000 people in the Caribbean Sea. The town had a population of 16,582 people in 2007, making it one of the least populous capitals in the … Read MoreRoseau, Dominica (1650- )

St. George’s, Grenada (1649- )

St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, an island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The city has an estimated population of 4,300 people in a nation of 105,897 people (2012). St. George’s is positioned on the island’s southern coast on a small peninsula … Read MoreSt. George’s, Grenada (1649- )

Port-au-Spain, Trinidad (1650- )

Downtown Port-au-Spain from the Royal Botanic Gardens “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Port-au-Spain is the capital and third largest city of the island nation Trinidad and Tobago in the southwestern West Indies and north of the South American nation of Venezuela. The city, which is only … Read MorePort-au-Spain, Trinidad (1650- )