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date: 16 May 2021

Rodriguez, Juan locked

(fl. sixteenth–seventeenth century),
  • Anthony Stevens


first name spelled “Jan” in Dutch documents, was a black or mulatto man from the island colony of Santo Domingo who arrived at the mouth or estuary of what is now New York’s Hudson River in 1613 onboard a Dutch merchant ship The vessel apparently came from the Caribbean in what seems to have been an exploratory expedition seeking to engage in fur trading with the Native Americans of the area By then the Dutch like their French Portuguese and British counterparts had a decade long history of intense involvement in smuggling or illegal trading with the inhabitants of the island of Santo Domingo also called La Española or The Spanish One and known in English as Hispaniola The Dutch had been taking advantage of Spain s limited military governmental and commercial presence there as a result of the greater attention it paid to its mainland possessions in Mexico ...

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

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