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Re: Fulbe/K2/Muslim Expulsion 1609/Songhay Empire
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Oh, ok... so you're a K2 also? Cool.
I am focusing right now on some leads in NW Africa, hence the subject heading. When you brought up the Barbary Pirates, I thought that to be an interesting subject matter as it has a lot to do with what went on in that whole area in the not-so-distant past. I am exploring the north-south migrations as well as the west-east ones since there is a lot of interaction that needs to be uncovered more.
Unlike many who enter the genealogical arena for specific reasons, my journey is more historical and the DNA presents itself as a very useful tool to help me figure out ancestral movements and the like.
I have a friend from the Ivory Coast with the last name "Rojo". When I researched the origins of this surname, Galicia kept popping up. I pondered European contact in that area, though this woman "appears" to have no mixed features. She appears indigenous to that area. I began scratching my head. "Soto" is another surname that seems to point out of Galicia. The thing that I am wondering here is... is there any relation to "Sokoto", given that "Soto" means (according to ancestry.com)
1. habitational name from any of numerous places named Soto or El Soto, from soto ‘grove’, ‘small wood’ (Latin saltus).
2. Castilianized spelling of Asturian-Leonese Sotu, a habitational name from a town so named in Asturies.
3. Castilianized spelling of the Galician equivalent, Souto.
The University of Idaho states:
SOTO - One who came from Soto (wooded place on the bank of a river); thirty places named Soto in Spain; ancient surname in Asturias, Galicia, León, and Castile.
But... given that Spanish history was RE-written by the conquerors... in this case the Christians from Northern Spain... it seems plausible to explore a more southern origin for these names. "De Soto" if looked at akin to "De Sokoto" might also give one a glimpse of even more deeper origins than previously believed. "Soto" is even found as a native African language as far south as So. Africa... so this exploration should be further encouraged.
"The name Sokoto (which is the modern/anglicised version of the local name, Sakkwato) is of Arabic origin, representing suk, 'market'. It is also known as Sakkwato, Birnin Shaihu da Bello or "Sokoto, Capital of Shaihu and Bello")."
If it has this many variations on the African continent BEFORE Iberia, it may be plausible that its usage spread into Iberia.
Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto
"Occurring shortly after the Sallah celebrations is the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival(sometime in mid to late February) on the banks of the Sokoto River. This internationally acclaimed festival is fishing with a difference and involves barehanded fishing, duck hunting, swimming and other watery competitions."
online source link: http://www.deltastate.com/nigeria.asp
"Sokoto", like "Soto" (from a wooded river) was also BY A RIVER... and, given the rich history of Islam in the development of these areas, may also gives us clues.
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