'A masterly survey'vigorous in its views, rigorous in its scholarship. . . a classic . . . . This is decidedly a book with a message, but it is also an excellent book, and one that has been long needed.' ?Times Literary SupplementThis pioneering book, a founding text in the field of African diaspora studies, continues to hold a prominent place in any bibliography of its field and remains the only general history on the people of African descent in the Spanish-speaking nations of the Western hemisphere.Rout engagingly presents the broad historical contours of the African experience in Spanish America, from enslavement, resistance, and rebellion to the crucial participation of Afro-Latin Americans in the wars of independence, and a region-by-region account of their varied treatment in the newly-founded republics from the nineteenth century to the modern era. Leslie B. Rout, Jr. (1935-1987) was a professor of history at Michigan State University and visited Latin America frequently. Miriam Jimenez Roman, Schomberg Center, and Juan Flores, Hunter College, contributed the introduction and bibliographic update.Rout, Leslie B. is the author of 'African Experience in Spanish America' with ISBN 9781558763210 and ISBN 155876321X.