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Re: Portuguese of 17th Century Virginia


Sorry, I have seen that name listed. Here's the passenger list to the English Jamestown Settlement:

You'll note, Simon Ferdinando - there's a plaque in Eastern Carolina dedicated to him, as the Portuguese navigator. Furthermore, you'll note many Spanish and Portuguese names associated with the so-called English voyages.

For the record, I fully support some to perhaps many of these early Spanish and Portuguese settlers mixed with the Native Americans during before 1700. However, this is almost impossible to prove with the exception of the Powhatan tribe who interacted with Iberians between 1560 and 1570.

To further complicate matters, there appears to a several hundred French Acadians in VA and NC, arriving during the same expulsion period as those in New Orleans. We know for certain my Roberts line includes one French/Native American line (according to Paul Heinegg's research, one of my Roberts ancestors purchased land in Indiana as "Pardon Boin").

Lastly, the underlying issue is the concept of "community". If nearly all of my ancestors were Iberian (Spanish, Portuguese) and the West Indies, and inter-married for hundreds - how is it possible we were divided white or black?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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