AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
If you accept the eastern US has been heavily tied to the Caribbean since the 1500's, many customs, oral histories and ethnic "labels" make sense.
A couple of days ago I posed a very simple question to a former co-worker who immigrated from the British Virgin Islands about 20 years ago. Here is the unedited TXT exchange:
Me: "in the VI, are you familiar with the terms gypsy or Portuguese"
Reply: "Gypsy is a very common term in the VI. We actually have a gypsy culture home with people having Spanish, African, and Portuguese decent. We were a major shipping post between the Americas and the old world. Happy 4th and I hope all is well with you and the family"
Obviously some families in the Southeast "adopted" different ethnic identities, most likely in an effort to improve their standard of living. However, it should be evident through DNA test results the Southeast has been very diverse since its discovery by the Spanish and French Empires.