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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

In Response To: Re: THE FAR-FAR WEST ()

The Azores often get confused by uninformed people like yourself (no offense) ) with the Cape Verde islands. So called "African" genes can be found all over southern Europe, north Africa and even northern euro countries like Britain. It's all a matter of degree. It doesn't prove anything other than the fact that there are no pure races. The ancient Greeks share certain genetic markers with Ethiopians, for example. Historians familiar with Azorean history will invariably tell you that the presence of black African slaves in the Azores was minimal and as was posted previously, they were sent to the Caribbean and Brazil. With the population topping off at 250 thousand in the Azores, I can assure that any significant African element would have created a mullato population and that is not the case by any means. The majority of Azoreans have Portuguese ancestors mostly from southern Portugal with a significant number from the north as well. There were also large numbers of Flemish settlers which accounts for many of the fair skinned and blue eyed Azoreans especially on the islands of Terceira and Faial. Of course there were also some moorish slaves, jews and possible a few blacks but never enough to change the population make-up. Azoreans are by and large typical mediterranean folk with not a few nordic types. Any mixed race and black African individuals found there today are a result of recent immigration especially after the indepence of the African colonies in 1975.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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