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date: 03 April 2020

Colón, Mirtha locked

(1951– ), transnational Garifuna activist and political organizer,
  • Paul Joseph López Oro

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was born on 18 May 1951 in the Caribbean port of Trujillo, Honduras, in the municipality of Colón. Her parents had migrated from Corozal to Trujillo for more job opportunities. Trujillo plays a central role in the complicated geography and history of the African diaspora in Honduras. Christopher Columbus landed there in 1502, during his fourth and final voyage to the Americas, and under Spanish colonial rule Trujillo briefly became the capital of Honduras. From 1542 to 1638 it was the main entry point of the transatlantic slave trade into Honduras and the rest of Central America (England and Anderson, 1998 Born into a rich black and African heritage on the Honduran Caribbean coast Mirtha Colón emerged as a key political and activist figure in the 1980s transnational migration histories of the African descended Garifuna who arrived in New York City specifically the South Bronx from Central ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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