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Esteban Dorantes It's funny that the article for George Washington doesn't say "George Washington was a <religion> blah blah blah". Why not just say "Estevanico was an African ... He was kidnapped and enslaved by the Portugese until he escaped or whatever.
It is very unlikely that Estevanico was a moslem at the time of his entry into the americas. The spanish had just ended the reconquista in 1492 after hundreds of years of war against the moslems of granada. It seems extremely unlikely that they would have brung a practicing moslem with them in their attempt to christianize the new world. He is even named after a catholic saint. The mention of his being a moslem needs a very good quote from a very reliable source inorder to be anything other than an attempt at rewriting history.Maunus 17:42, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
I don't www.elizabethan-era.org.uk is an appropriate source. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 18:53, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
A new bio of Estevanico/Esteban Dorantes by Robert Goodwin categorically treats him as "black" - from sub-Saharan Africa. He may have been Moroccan-born, of course; there were plenty of black slaves in Morocco in the 16th c.
As most saw fit, I merged Esteban de Dorantes with this page. I tried to keep as much verifiable content as possible. Because Estevanico is the preferred English language reference for the individual, I kept the Estevanico page and redirected the Esteban de Dorantes page. Sourced information from the Esteban de Dorantes page was kept. If I could find a source for it, I also kept that. But if it didn't have a clear, verifiable source it got cut. Cleaned up language and other minor issues. Individual changes made in the merger:
Cut 'Healer' line in the intro paragraph. It is discussed more appropriately below.
I removed the source on the Catholic Conversion and replaced it with a better source. The original source didn't talk about any supposed conversion that he underwent.
I removed the part about him growing close to Dorantes (which had no sourcing). He was a slave, Dorantes sold him. Really good sourcing is necessary for such a claim.
Added to shipwreck story. It seemed too brief in both originals.
Removed "Estevanico was asked" to go back to the North. He was a slave, any asking would require a good source.
Added the indigenous servants that accompanied him on the return. He wasn;t alone like the original entry asserted. All histories agree on this. AbstractIllusions (talk) 06:46, 14 August 2012 (UTC)