Did You Know About Juan Garrido

20140119-204306.jpg Juan Garrido (c. 1480-c. 1550) was a black African-Spanish conquistador. African by birth, he went to Portugal as a young man. In converting to Christianity, he chose the Spanish name, Juan Garrido (“Handsome John”). Garrido traveled to the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries. He is credited with introducing wheat cultivation in the Americas.

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