"Devuelveme El Corazon" by Patricia Gamero
The natives were dancing many different versions of the Rumba, though not in partner dancing, which was fast and resembled the Mambo more than anything else. In 1500, there were maybe 100 Europeans and a couple of blacks. They were a Big, Big influence on the dancing? Not by a long shot. One hundred years later, in the 1600s it has been stated as a fact that the blacks outnumbered the whites in the Caribbean.
Probably true, however they are again completely ignoring the natives of the Americas, At that time there may have been 10000 whites and blacks but nowhere near the populations of the natives and mestizos (mixed) which was closer to a million and a half by then. The Europeans consistently ignored the Indians as nothings.
"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" by Azucar Moreno
And nobody was going to stop the natives from dancing. The poorest of the whites learned the Indian way but they did introduce partner dancing. The Blacks had been picked young, with little culture and not because of their dancing abilities. They all learned like everyone else the Indian way. The dancing remained a native Indian dance, that had been danced by the natives for centuries. And this was on their kuleana. It is not African and it is not European, it is from the native populations of the Americas. And there ain't no outsiders that are going to come and tell you how to dance it. Period. (to be continued)