Gomes Eanes de Zurara was the 15th-century Portuguese writer who chronicled Prince Henry the Navigator’s conquests in Africa. Kendi considers Zurara “the world’s first racist” because he was the first person to come up with a racial justification for slavery: he argued that Africans were “savages,” so Henry was Christianizing and civilizing them through slavery.
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Chapter 1: The Story of the World’s First Racist
...busy pillaging Muslim cities in North Africa, and one of his men, Gomes Eanes de Zurara, wrote a popular book about his conquests. Like many chroniclers, Zurara bragged about enslaving people.... (full context)
Chapter 2: Puritan Power
Chapter 4: A Racist Wunderkind