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Re: Origin of some N.C. and Va. Indian tribes

During the Ottoman period the term Turk meant anyone who was Muslim especially along the Barbary coast. There was a phrase used "to turn Turk" meaning to become Muslim thus, in Americans used the phrase Turk for many of the people wherever they originated that were mercenaries in the Mediterranean. Of course this could have included mercenaries of Ottoman "Turks", but by the late Ottoman period Turk was also any Slavic person or Eastern European person who had been captured as a mercenary and/or "Islamicized". Many Greeks Sardinians, French also joined the original Moorish African people of the Barbary Coast.

The original Turks or Turkoman were people of Central Asia that conquered Turkey and named it.

According to a recent article on the melungeon heritage site there is no dna distinguishing "Turks" from many other people in the Middle East or Eastern Europe.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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