Afromestizo - The Third Root
African Heritage of Central America
By Kent C. Williams
©2001 - Kent C. Williams, Santa Rosa, California
Persons of African Descent in the History of Central America
King Bayano - Most famous of the Afro-Panamanian kings of the maroon communities of the Darien.
Alejo Benji - Garifuna leader who left Honduras with a number of followers for the shores of Belize (1832).
Joseph Blisset - Founder of the Belize Labor Party and fighter for Belizean independence.
Rod Carew - Panamanian born baseball great who was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
Rafael Carrera - President and dictator of Guatemala (1844-1848, 1851-1865) of Afromestizo ancestry.
Roque Cordero - Panamanian classical composer.
Ruben Dario - Nicaraguan poet and writer of mixed African, European and native American ancestry.
Roberto Duran - Famous Panamanian boxer.
Adam Flowers - Colonial leader of Belize who voted to stand and defend the colony against the Spanish in 1797.
Edgardo "El General" Franco - Panamanian popular singer.
George Frederick II - Miskito king - crowned by the British in 1816.
Jeremy I - The first Miskito king - crowned by the British in 1687.
Lloyd La Beach - Olympic medalist (track & field) from Panama.
Diego Mendez - Was with Columbus on his fourth voyage (to Central America - 1502).
Carlos Mendoza - President of Panama during the building the Panama Canal.
King Miguel - Organized one of the first major slave rebellions in Latin-American history (Honduras - 1555)
Benjamin Nicholas - Famous Garifuna painter and artist from Belize.
Nuflo de Olano - Afro-Hispanic nobleman, he was with Balboa when he "discovered" the Pacific in 1513.
George Price - Founder of the People's Unity Party and served as first Prime Minister of Belize (1981-1993)