Surnames and Family Research Forum Archive
Re: Amanda Phillips (DNA)
In Response To: Amanda Phillips ()
What type of DNA test did you take? MtDNA (yours) or did you submit a male relatives test?
If you submitted a test of your own - the match with someone in Puerto Rico means you more than likely have an ancestor in common from a specific part of Africa - not Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has a very ethnically mixed population historically - Africans were concentrated in the areas around the coast (lowlands) where sugar cane was planted, and some also worked in the coffee plantations. A majority of the Africans in Puerto Rico came from the Congo areas - and were called "Carabali's". In the slave registry of 1872 Puerto Rico you can see that some slaves are listed as born in Africa:
The results from Spain are more complicated since it could mean your maternal family had Spanish ancestry, but keep in mind the fact that Africans were in Spain for 800 years:
"On April 30, 711, Tarik landed on the Spanish Coast with 7,000 troops. His troops consisted of 300 Arabs and 6,700 native Africans (Moors). A muslim writer, Ibn Husayn (ca. 950) denoted these troops as “Sudanese”, an Arabic denotation for the citizens of the then dominant African Empire of the Central Sahara)"