Last week I found myself amongst a throng of white-clad revellers clutching mojitos and dancing under the palm leaves. I was not, however, in the Caribbean, but in a small atmospheric town on the Costa Brava named Begur. Beneath a beautiful 16th century castle, these narrow streets host an annual fiesta in homage to Cuba. Why Cuba? Well, it seems that back in the 19th century many people from Begur emigrated to Cuba. Some returned, having made their fortune, and built beautiful villas in the town. They became known as 'Americanos' or 'Indianos', hence the 'Fira d'Indians'. I wore a white dress, tasted a mojito made with unrefined cane sugar and danced with my beloved in the town square to some reggaeton-eque rhythms. This blog has some great pictures, and some more 'atmospheric' shots of mine are below.
Michael Ohajuru's Black Africans in Renaissance Europe blog
Temi Odumosu's The Image of Black website
The UCL Legacies of British Slave-ownership project Database and blog
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
The Black Presence in Britain
Jeffrey Green's website, on Africans in 19th and early 20th Century Britain