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Re: Admixture
In Response To: Admixture ()

Don't be too quick to rule out your family stories about a Native heritage. These admixture tests are far from 100% and seem to fail quite often when it comes to determining American Native admixture. My mother did not show any Native DNA despite having a relative who identified as "Indian" in a 1911 census.

On the topic of Native and African relationships, I might add this information. It is taken from "The Nova Scotia Historical Society. For the Years 1896-98, Volume X. pg. 72-3"

"Not many years after Dutch traders had introduced African slaves into Virginia, the fortunes of war threw numbers of Indian captives into the hands of the English settlers in America, who enslaved them as their Anglo-Saxon forefathers had enslaved their prisoners more than a thousand years before. At the close of the fierce Pequod war, when about seven hundred Indians had been slain or captured, the captives were divided between the colonists of Connecticut and Massachusetts. By the authorities of the latter province the male children were sent to the Bermudas; the women and girls being distributed as slaves among the settlements at home: a somewhat similar course was no doubt adopted by the managers of the first-named province. Many other Indian captives were thrown into the hands of New England settlers by the King Philip war. These could be held as slaves at home, but could not at the time be lawfully taken out of the country. Another terrible war-- between the South Carolinians and Tuscaroras---ending in the defeat of the latter, left a large number of Indian prisoners in possession of the Carolinians, who shipped them as slaves to the other colonies. There the commission of cruel outrages by several of them led the General Courts, in the northern colonies in particular, to prohibit, under severe penalties, the further introduction of Indians as slaves. In the meantime, many Guinea slaves, regarded as of greater value than the Indians, who had proved poor and dangerous house servants, had been brought into the colonies; and both at the north and the south the two races had intermarried, the Indians at length becoming absorbed in the much greater number of blacks, a limited amalgamation also taking place between the latter and the whites."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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