Chinese Peru

Chinese School in Peru

Several hundred years ago, slaves were transported to South America. Among those slaves were many from China, hence they were called “Chino”.  After being brought there as slaves, another wave of immigrants came on their own terms to find work. Calle Capón, one of the earliest Chinatowns in the Americas was in Lima, Peru.

White slaves in Africa

Starting around the 1600s, many governments in North Africa allowed their people to raid and capture slaves from Europe. Pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa would set sail to Britain, Spain and parts of modern-day Italy and hunt for slaves.

Kepler’s Mother, the Witch

In 1620 the famed astronomer Johannes Kepler put his research on hold, packed up his family, and moved from Austria to Germany to come to the aid of his 68-year-old mother.