They listened always very attentively to my discourses on these heads, but especially to that part which related to the buying of negroes, which was a trade at that time, not only not far entered into, but, as far as it was, had been carried on by assientos
, or permission of the kings of Spain and Portugal, and engrossed in the public stock: so that few negroes were bought, and these excessively dear.
Por ejemplo, en un documento de la comunidad quedo registrado que en 1634 la mision de los padres Gaspar de Cujia y Nicolas Maldonado, quienes sucedieron a los primeros jesuitas que llegaron a Tierradentro, "se reduxo a ydas y venidas [...] haziendo sus entradas y visitas sin tener assiento
(65) While providing an account of various aspects of the Atlantic Slave Trade and particularly slavery in the United States--with references to Bartolome de las Casas's endorsement of African enslavement in lieu of indigenous inhabitants in the Americas (as well as his "tardy, though commendable, repentance"); the Assiento
contract between Britain and Spain (1713-1743) regarding shipment of enslaved Africans to Spanish possessions; John Wesley's Thoughts Upon Slavery (1774); and George Bancroft's History of the United States, From the Discovery of the American Continent (1834 followed by additional volumes) (66)--Blyden engaged in a continued critique of Christianity's dissemination in the Atlantic world and its impact on Africans.
34) en el que fray Benito, "negro de rostro aunque de buen assiento
Y senti que el Santo Nino se avia entrado en mi coracon, y que se quedava en el de assiento
. De que quede por una parte corrida, y avergoncada, y por otra llena de alegria, y consuelo.