Maya Art, History, and Culture

In 1542, approximately 500,000 people from Guatemala were exported for slave labor. At the same time, another 150,000 people were exported from Honduras. Between the years of 1514 and 1530, an estimated 2,000,000 people were enslaved and killed in Panama alone. These numbers stagger the imagination. We know that most of the slaves didn't live very long. One story, about the governor of Honduras and his expedition to Nicaragua gives us a fairly accurate account of what happened to slaves. Governor Lopez de Salcedo started his trip with 300 slaves. These people had been brought along to carry his personal effects. During the first part of the trip he killed almost 200 of them. Along the way Slacedo replaced these men as they died. In total, it is believed that another 2,000 Indian slaves were used to carry his belongings. When, Salcedo arrived in Leon, Nicaragua, only 100 remained alive. When asked, “What happened to your slaves?” The governor stated that the killing of the Indians was necessary so that they would remain pacified.

Chichicastenango Woman
Chichicastenango Woman
Mayan Wisdom
Mayan Wisdom
El Caballero
El Caballero
Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan
Mayan Flower Vender
Mayan Flower Vender
Antigua Merchant
Antigua Merchant
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