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Hi Anita:

I am not familiar with DNA testing but like you I am interested in Colombia. I am researching a possible ancestor from Colombia who then lived in Louisiana and Florida.

You didn't say where in South Carolina you were from. Some of my ancestors are from Charleston and East Florida. There is a very strong link between South Carolina and the cities in Florida. As you know the oldest city in the US is St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish. The frequent battles and raids by Americans to the Spanish borderlands of Florida by way of Georgia are well documented. (Part of South Carolina became Georgia. The Americans often captured Blacks free or enslaved. The Spanish also raided America too.

Spain dominated most of the Caribbean, the Floridas, Louisiana during its First and Second Interlude. Travel from New Grenada (Colombia) to ports in the US was a not uncommon. Since Charleston was the "Ellis Island" for African peoples, it might be possible that your ancestor may have come to the area via the Caribbean from Colombia. I have included a link to a South Carolina page that shows a medal from a slave worn for adornment from Mexico that was found in South Carolina.

Perhaps you might log onto Midlo Hall's slave data base which lists slaves from the Caribbean. Also included are Indians with white mixtures. Perhaps the New Orleans inbound slave ships data base found here on Afrigeneas might hold some clues.

A further note: At one time Colombia included parts of Peru and Panama.

I hope this may prompt some clues. There are so many possible scenarios to your link with Colombia.

A personal stumbling block in my research was accepting the widely held belief that the Lower South was always dominated by one foreign nation...the French like in Louisiana and its neighboring states. Wrong! Once I studied the history of the area, I realized the historical impact of Spain on the region. Part of this is due to America's 20th century prejudice against Hispanics and its selective amnesia over Spanish cultural legacy in the New World. The Caribbean was the North Star for many enslaved people because of its liberal laws.

How's your Spanish? Although the link below is in badly translated English, this website called "Negros Y esclavos" might help. It has a searchable data base. It is linked from the UNESCO site.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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