My Jose Mier number 24 find also goes back hundreds of years. Like Jose Mier Noriega y Guerra of my last post, this Jose is from an earlier time and appears before Noriega y Guerra by about 100 years.
The find was once again on Google Books and my video shows exactly what I was able to find. Only a snippet but it does provide some information. The book where this snippet is found is 2010’s Blacks and Blackness in Central America and it concerns slavery and trade (for example cacao which is turned into chocolate). The trade for this item was (and still is) strong so growers relied on slave labor to produce the crops for trade.
I am not sure what this bit of information this is about exactly but it is basically a petition by a black slave to the area’s Lieutenant Governor by the name of don Jose Mier de Cevallos. The petition was made in 1733. I found another Jose Mier, this time in Costa Rica in the early eighteenth century and we can see that he was involved in government.
I find it amazing and gratifying that from just a little blurb I can get so much information. It’s not just concerning the Jose Mier name but I often get a look into the past and learn a lesson in history while I’m at it. Jose #24, welcome to the list.