Interracial dating sought
Some of the first people of Spanish/ Mayan heritage were the product of a truly incredible marriage.As a survivor of a shipwreck off the Yucatan coast, Gonzalo Guerrero found himself held captive by the Maya.In France, he soon joined with a number of promising young French scholars to develop a Chinese-French dictionary.In 1713, Huang married a middle-class Parisian woman named Marie-Claude Regnier.Born in a small town in China’s Fujian province, Huang’s Catholic parents were set on him becoming a priest.He was adopted by a French priest and later traveled to France with Bishop Artus de Lionne.With Bahá’í leader Abdu’l-Bahá declaring his staunch support for interracial marriages, Louis and Louisa were married in 1912 in New York, becoming the first interracial Bahá’í couple.
Nevertheless, Marie-Claude’s parents reportedly gave their blessing for the union, and while the couple soon found themselves in financial difficulties, the marriage seems to have been a happy one.
Desperate to avoid being killed, he successfully sought to learn his captors’ language and customs.
As he gained acceptance into the culture, he taught Spanish combat tactics to the Maya, which are said to have allowed them to drive out the conquistadors.
But Guerrero refused to leave, saying, “I am married and have three children, and they look on me as a Both Louis Gregory, an African American man and Louisa Mathews, a British woman were of the Bahá’í faith: a religion centered on unity.
The two met in 1911 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Egypt.