Roots of Salsa?
But to fully understand the developments of salsa and give it some historical justice, we must also acknowledge the roots of how salsa developed into the way it did in America.
The original roots would draw you as far back as various parts of Western and Central Africa. As slaves were brought to the Americas (in this case the Caribbean), they brought with them their cultural traditions.
By the early 1900's, a unique Afro-Caribbean sound propped up in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and to some extent the Dominican Republic.