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Re: Afrigeneas Free Persons of Color Forum

Hi Nick. I am glad we are not in a dog fight (grin). I don't understand your statement, "What can be proven by primary 17th century documents, and your work, is the extensive diaspora of Gypsy descended people...What historical documents do demonstrate is their persistence as a non-African ethnic identity within those Free Persons of Color which whites perceived to be generic free Negroes."

Are you saying that the East Indians were Gypsies?

I have tried to gather all I have found on East Indians and included it in this file: http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/East_Indians.htm

It appears that many East Indians came from London where they were serving indentures, probably recent arrivals from India which was then, of course, a colony of England. Many were baptized in England. One worked at a pharmacy in London.

I also do not follow how they persisted as a "non-African ethnic identity." They had to prove they were East Indians under indenture to win their cases in court for their freedom, but I do not know of any family that persisted with a non-African identity. That would have required a community of East Indians which I have found no record of.
Paul


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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