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Playlist: Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home, Episode 2: "Jan Rodrigues."

Compiled By: ERIC V. TAIT, JR.


The legacy of Juan "Jan" Rodrigues, the first person of African-descent in the Hudson Valley of North America...
Before slavery rears its ugly head in North America, Africans and people of African descent traverse the northeastern part of the continent as free entrepreneurs - traders, guides and interpreters; men such as Matthieu Da Costa, and "Jan" Rodrigues. Who they were - especially Rodrigues - how they interacted with the Europeans and Native Americans, their value and impact, is the heart of Segment #2, and aptly sets the stage for the next segment.

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