Para la época de la conquista el grano de cacao era un bien altamente apreciado a lo largo y ancho de el Anáhuac, de hecho lo primero que supieron los europeos sobre él era que se trataba de semillas de gran valor para nuestra gente. Durante su cuarto viaje, en 1502, Cristóbal Colón se encontró una canoa posiblemente de comerciantes mayas en Guanaja, en el golfo de Honduras, y entre las mercaderías que llevaban se encontraban granos de cacao; según la crónica del encuentro del hijo de Colón: “Todo indica que sentían gran aprecio por esos granos, pues cuando se les transbordó a nuestro barco junto con sus mercaderías noté que al caer algunos todos se inclinaban a recogerlos, como si se tratara de un ojo que hubieran perdido”.
For those of us that do not read/speak Spanish:
By the time of the conquest the cocoa bean was a highly appreciated well throughout the Anahuac, in fact the first thing Europeans knew about it was that it was valuable seed for our people. During his fourth voyage in 1502, Christopher Columbus found a Mayan traders possibly canoe in Guanaja, in the Gulf of Honduras, and between the goods were carrying cocoa beans, according to the chronicle of meeting the son of Columbus “all indications are that felt great appreciation for those grains, because when they are transshipped to our boat with their goods falling noticed that some were inclined to pick them all as if they were who had lost an eye. “
As a motivational speaker and a photographer, I recently realized that my lens can also be my microphone. For Black History Month, I wanted to create a campaign that would empower and excite young people about their history and their future in a creative and yet relatable way. I thought about my two sons and how they were both born during President Barack Obama’s election and re-election. How awesome is that?! From there, I began to think about all of the individuals, past and current, who have and/or continue to blaze new trails and pave the way for the future. Because of Them, We Can.