Gaspar Yanga founded one of the earliest autonomous Black communities, known as palenques, in what is now Mexico. He was born in West Africa in the sixteenth century and was eventually taken as a slave across the Atlantic, arriving at the port of Veracruz in Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Despite continuous attacks on the part of the Spanish colonial forces, the community founded by Yanga eventually became the town of San Lorenzo de los Negros in 1630, and continues to exist under the name of Yanga in the state of Veracruz.
In Mexico, Chocolate isn’t just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. This is a story about bringing it back.