Taina Mother

    The strong persistence of Taino mtDNA in the ex-Spanish colonies (and especially in Puerto Rico) and its absence in the French and English ex-colonies is likely the result of different social norms regarding mixed marriages with Taino women during the early years after the first contact with Europeans. In addition, the article that is presented here reports on the results of an integrative approach based on mtDNA analysis and demographic data that tests the hypothesis of a southward shift in raiding zones along the African west coast during the period encompassing the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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