A Student of History

May 4, 2007

“White” Brits have Indian Blood, says DNA

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 9:37 am

This is a fascinating story from the BBC:

DNA testing has uncovered British descendents of Native Americans brought to the UK centuries ago as slaves, translators or tribal representatives.  Genetic analysis turned up two white British women with a DNA signature characteristic of American Indians.  Indigenous Americans were brought over to the UK as early as the 1500s. 

Many were brought over as curiosities; but others travelled here in delegations during the 18th Century to petition the British imperial government over trade or protection from other tribes.

Experts say it is probable that some stayed in Britain and married into local communities.

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