African American DNA Research Forum
Re: Kru & Kpelle of Liberia!
In Response To: Kru & Kpelle of Liberia! ()
Hmmm...interesting point by Mr. Williams. But, the Kpelle and Kru people were indigenous to Liberia....people had been there already even probably long before the transatlantic slave trade started.
According to the world factbook site, the ethnic groups of Liberia include the following: Indigenous African tribes 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Dei, Bella, Mandingo, and Mende), Americo-Liberians 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the US who had been slaves), Congo People 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves).
Therefore, the Kpelle and Kru people were among the indigenous people of the area. The group that Mr. Williams referenced to would be "Americo-Liberians". I don't know how long the Kpelle and Kru people have been in the area, now known as Liberia, but if they'd been there for a long time prior to the transatlantic slave trade, then chances are great, in my opinion, that a male ancestor, through your mother's paternal line, really and truly came from the area now known as Liberia.
Just some thoughts...