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

The first statement about the Azores being off the coast of Africa is proof what of what i have been stating all along: The Azores often either get confused with the Cape Verde islands because of their Portuguese connection or are erroneously placed off the coast of Africa out of pure ignorance. The Azores are in the same latitude as Lisbon and are considered the last outpost of Europe. They are not situated off the coast of Africa. As for your argument that black genes in the Azores are a product of Azorean history, as I've pointed out, according to historians some black and moorish slaves were indeed imported
there early on but most were sent to Brazil and the Caribbean, the ones left behind were never enough to change the demographic of the islands nor... and here's the important part of this argument: was there ever an African community of any kind. In other words there were never enough blacks to either influence or alter in any way the islands's European culture whether it be religion, music, dance, etc., or its southern European racial make-up. Cities like Lisbon, Madrid and even London, on the other hand, did indeed have black organized communities due to the large numbers of imported slaves, many of whom also were eventually brought to the Americas. The fact that the first black immigrant in Canada came from the Azores does not prove there was a large number of blacks on the islands any more than the white government of South Africa, (previously used as an example) proved a white majority population. He was one individual.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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