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The Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute was founded to serve the Global Diaspora, with its focus being, the “Sharing of Knowledge”, for economic, business and community development.  The cornerstone of the Institute is its use of technology to conduct research and create educational platforms that will address common issues that limit economic, community, business and cultural growth.


The mainstay of our effort is to create alliances with other like-minded organizations and individuals, in a multi-cultural environment that can bring resources and assets to the table, without sacrificing their own mission or identity.  We seek partnerships with individuals and organizations that strive to solve cultural, social and economic issues and unite the Pan African community.  The Institute desires a relationship with Historical Black Colleges and Universities; and all institutions and corporations who desire to participate in promoting diversity and economic development globally.












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     "The Story of Estevanico"


    The first historically significant slave in what would become the United  States was Estevanico, a Moroccan  slave and member of the Narvaez Expedition in 1528 and acted as a guide on Fray Marcos de Niza’s expedition to find the  Seven Cities of Gold in 1539. Estevanico became the first person from Africa known to have set foot in the present continental United States. 

    Estevanico; also known as Estevan, Esteban, Estebanico, Black Stephen, and Stephen the Moor, was born in Azamor, Morocco around the year 1500. In 1513, the Portuguese took control of this area. When they fell on hard times during a drought in the early 1520s, the Portuguese started selling Moroccans as slaves to European customers. Estevanico was sold to Andres de Dorantes. Estévanico was fluent in many languages spoken in Spain, including Arabic, Spainish, Berber, and Portuguese.  This ability allowed Estevanico and Andres de Dorantes to develop a very positive relationship, and the two were said to be friends.


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