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Re: Re-phrasing what's already been said

Thanks Cuz for pointing that out. Very interesting indeed!

Most of my reference to "consensual" relationships between Native Americans and African-Americans mostly came from what I've heard and read about the Seminole Indians of Florida, versus other Native American nations who indeed participated in the enslavement of African-Americans.

Example of what I've heard or read:

"Another habit many of the other tribes acquired from the whites was that of slavery. Though some of the tribes actually owned African slaves, the Seminoles never did. Indeed, many black Africans escaping from slavery in the Carolinas and Georgia came to Florida and built settlements near the Seminoles. They formed a union with the Seminoles based upon both their mutual fear of slavery. This union was a strong one which surpassed attempts by the U.S. to break them apart. Intermarriages and friendships were common. In fact, they were so closely allied that the blacks became known as the Black Seminoles."

One of my professors claims that the Native American ancestry that a lot of African-American aspire to claim is really Seminole rather than "Blackfoot", Cherokee, Choctaw, etc. Don't know how accurate this could be, but his statement stuck in my mind.

Personally, I just don't desire to claim the blood or "heritage" of anyone, whether if he was Native American, European, Hispanic, Asian, whatever, who felt that their legal right over my enslaved female African ancestor gave him the right to take advantage of her, resulting in the birth of my ancestor. All that person will ever be is the "man who fathered my ....." rather than saying "my great-great-grandfather was.....", which would be technically accurate. But that's just my issue, I guess.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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