What Is the Starting Point for Black History Timelines?


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The black history timeline began between 160,000 and 154,000 years ago in East Africa, as of 2015. It began in Herto, Middle Awash in modern-day Ethiopia, according to Anthro.Palomar.edu. The discovery of fossilized hominid crania in this region offers strong evidence that the emergence of modern humans began in Africa.

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There are many starting points in black history outside the continent of Africa, mostly beginning with the introduction of slave labor across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

In the New World, the first black history timeline began in 1510 with the systematic importation of 50 African slaves to Santo Domingo in modern-day Puerto Rico. In 1588, the timeline began with the introduction of 4 million slaves brought to Brazil. That number accounts for 40 percent of all the slaves that landed in the Americas.

Perhaps the most well-known black history timeline began in North America with the importation of the first African slaves to the colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

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