Proof in the Jesuit Letters The Book ‘Africans and Native Americans’ by Jack Forbes paints a very different picture of history than what most of Us were taught about the origins of Black People in the Western Hemisphere. We were taught that Black People came from Africa as slaves that the Red Indian was the true Native American, and that White people took ‘Black’ slaves from Africa and stole the land of the Red Indians. This story is nothing but a giant fiction, a novel made up by white historians to deceive the masses about the original history and peoples of the Americas. Jack Forbes uses the letters of Jesuit Missionaries to prove that ‘Negroes’ or ‘Black Moors’ were the first Americans and in fact were the Black and olive toned people found in the Western hemisphere. Commenting from the Jesuit letters on the appearance of the Native Americans Forbes states, “For example in 1519 it was said of the Brazilians ‘non sono neneri ne blanchi ma di colore di ulivo (that is they are not black or white but of olive color) but the same writer remarked that the Brazilian canoe-men he saw were ‘so black’ that they could have been taken for sailors on the sea of styx (In Hell).”1
The author continues his comments on the appearance of Natives in North America from the Jesuit letters, “In 1524 the Carolina coast people were said to be ‘of dark color not much unlike the Ethiopians.”2 The terms negro and indios were used interchangeably to describe the natives in the journals of early missionaries who could not have possibly been referring to Africans,
“From 1549 through 1565 the letters of the Jesuit missionaries in Brazil usually addressed to colleagues in Portugal or Spain, frequently refers to the Americans as Negroes...In April of 1549 Manuel de Nobrega, the leader of the Jesuits, addressed a letter from Bahia to Simao Rodrigues in Lisbon in which he refers to the Portuguese in Brazil as living in sin because of their having ‘many negras’ and lots of children by the said ‘black’ women. Thus the Jesuit father called the American women living with Portuguese men ‘negras’, a term which according to Leite, could not have denoted people from Africa because in 1549 there were few or no African women in Bahia. Nonetheless, Nobrega uses the word indio...
‘When Africans are referred to in the Jesuit Letters they are always called negros da Guine (Blacks of Guinea) to distinguish them from negros de terra (Blacks of the land or Americans)