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BY ANGELICA BREEN

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN BEXAR - OWNERSHIP AND WEALTH

- BEXAR POPULATION -

According to a census in 1777, there was only 15 enslaved africans in a population of 2,060 people. Despite their small numbers, slave owners were considerably wealthy and significant influence during this era.

- OCCUPATIONAL DATA-

In Bexar County, cattle ranching was dominating compared to the cotton business. Majority of slaveholders were rancher's/farmers and their wealth was sustained by enslaved persons who worked on their land.

- WEALTH VALUE OVER TIME -

In 1861 a French pastor named Claude M. Dubius paid $1,200 for a 38 year old woman whom was to become his slave. Though it may not seem like a lot, $1,200 in 1861 is roughly $30,000 in 2023. Truely showing how wealthy the slaveholders actually were.

16.0% OF SLAVEHOLDERS

Had owned more than one enslaved individual.

- LABOR DISTRIBUTION -

The purchase of an enslaved person(s) allowed for wealthy to assign labor intensive roles while not paying for said labor. Thus, African American(s) dominating the unskilled labor category in San Antonio.

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Work Cited

Salas, Mario Marcel. “African American Experience in Bexar.” ArcGIS StoryMaps, 3 May 2021, storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/4c657a72ae2a4464a4011edc2fcec58f.