Afro-Peruvian: The African Diaspora in Peru

The Afro-Peruvian population today numbers up to 3 million people! From the 1500s through to the mid 1800s, the slave trade flourished in Peru.

Have you heard of the ‘Secret Slave Tunnels’ that run for kilometres under the ground of Peru’s former plantations, where enslaved Africans where smuggled in to avoid their masters paying tax? How about San Martin de Porres, the first Afro-descendant Catholic saint in Latin America who was born in Lima? Have you ever visited El Carmen, the famous Afro-Peruvian town where the legendary Ballumbrosio family lives – think of them as the Peruvian folk version of the Jackson Five…except there instead of five, there were 15 siblings! All this and more in this video