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Re: CHAT: US ancestry [was Re: FWD [OT but interesting] Arctic

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, August 19, 2002, 22:05
>From: "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...> > >Quoting Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>: > > > > Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 23:46:25 -0400 > > > From: John Cowan <jcowan@...> > > > > > > There probably aren't enough people who list themselves as both > > > African-American and of Danish ancestry (say) to show up as even > > > a blip. Both are a matter of self-labeling. > > > > Remember that the US Virgin Islands used to be Danish, and had a > > significant slave population. They were run as a colony by expat Danes > > for about seventy years after emancipation, as well. So there's bound > > to be a number of families with both African and Danish descent. > > > > Now, if you'd said Swedish there... > >Well, for a while the Swedes did colonize most of what is now >Delaware, and Delaware has always had a large African population. >(During the Civil War, the only reason it didn't secede was >that Lincoln militarily occupied it, and so it did its best >to be generally obnoxious to the Union government.) But that was >350 years ago, and, according to the US Census website, very few >people remain in that state who claim Swedish ancestry, so you're >probably right that if there are any such people, they would >probably not be recognized as such on a Census form.
Since Sweden didn't have any excess population back in the 17th century, quite few Swedes ended up in "Nya Sverige" (which was the colony's official name) - a few hundred IIRC. They've must been swamped fairly quickly by other immigrants after the place passed out of Swedish control. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: