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In Response To: Re: Indian? ()
hey, mel.. i've read accounts of europeons settling on the many forts all along the West African coast. Or course slave trading was the main reason that they were there,but many europeons lived in those areas and mixed with some of the African woman their. The products of these mixed unions usually became involved in the slave trade as middlemen..sometimes they even voluntarilly immigrated to the United States as free people. I know in Angola during the time of the first arrival of the Portuguese..many of the portuguese intermarried with the local african population. So there was some euro-african mingling going on early in the 15th century. And dont get me started on the Arabs and the Berber presense in West Africa. These men mixed with many of the West Africans. And many of these bloodlines were probarly already in the DNA of some of our ancestors when they came over from the Middle Passage. So i would say that the idea of someone many pure or predominatley of one "race" is a myth..given the fact that the entire concept of "race" was created within the last 300 or so years during the period of europeon colonialism. Ever since i started my genealogical journey into my past, i've never seen myself the same again and have questioned all of these cherished ideas we have in america about race and identity.
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