Mystery surrounds Estebanico, black explorer of U.S. Southwest

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Mystery surrounds Estebanico, black explorer of U.S. Southwest

He is considered the first person of African descent to enter the American Southwest
Dancers from Zuni Pueblo, N.M., perform the White Buffalo Dance during the Summer Solstice 2001 celebration in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, N.M. A black Moroccan slave who explored present-day Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with Spanish conquistadors is considered the first person of African descent to enter the American Southwest but is all but absent from the states’ histories.

Mystery surrounds Estebanico, black explorer of U.S. Southwest

Dancers from Zuni Pueblo, N.M., perform the White Buffalo Dance during the Summer Solstice 2001 celebration in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, N.M. A black Moroccan slave who explored present-day Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with Spanish conquistadors is considered the first person of African descent to enter the American Southwest but is all but absent from the states’ histories.
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