Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Irving Levinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Sonia Hernandez

Third Advisor

Dr. Greg Gilson


The focal point of this study is to prove that it was the simultaneous presence of five factors during the 16th and 17th centuries that allowed African enslavement in Veracruz to expand. I built upon previous works and authors to support my claim that it was the decline in native population, economic profits, religious apathy on the subject, social acceptance and government support that pushed for the systems creation and expansion. By discussing each of these factors in a chapter of their own, I concluded that in an almost cause and effect manner these factors are responsible for the expansion African slavery. I was then able to connect these findings to broader terms regarding the situation of their descendants in present situations. My final argument states that in order to fully understand any social dynamic we must have an understanding of the history behind it.


Copyright 2012 Veronica Nohemi Duran. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

History Commons