Gaspar Yanga (Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico)

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Title

Gaspar Yanga (Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Slavery-Emancipation
Middle Passage
Transatlantic Slave Trade
Slave Trade
Diaspora
Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico
Subject (Name)
Yanga, Gaspar
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The muscular, semi-nude figure looks resolutely forward as he raises a machete in his right hand and holds a long (sugar cane?) in his left. A shackle with a broken chain is still attached to his left wrist. The work was created to celebrate Gaspar Yanga, a 17th century self-emancipated (former slave) leader of a maroon colony of self-emancipated people (former slaves) near Veracruz, Mexico. He successfully resisted a Spanish attack on the maroon colony in 1609 and later negotiated with the Spanish colonial government to secure self-rule for the maroon settlement.

Creator

Lendechy, Erasmo Vásquez, b. 1918

Source

Wikipedia Commons

Date

Dedicated: August, 1976

Relation

To read about UNSECO's decision to name the city of Yanga, Veracruz a World Heritage Site, click here.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Yanga Park, Av. 2, Centro, 94930 Yanga, Ver., Mexico

Alternative Title

El Yanga

Has Part

An English translation of the Spanish inscription on the base:

"African Black liberator and precursor of the black slaves who founded the town of San Lorenzo de Cerralvo (now Yanga) by agreement of the viceroy of New Spain, Rodrigo Pacheco, on the third day of October 1631 by order of the viceroy’s pen.Village Captain Hernando of Castro Espinosa H. Ayuntamento Constl. 1973-1976.”

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Citation

Lendechy, Erasmo Vásquez, b. 1918, “Gaspar Yanga (Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed December 1, 2022, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1156.

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