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16TH CENTURY QUOTES ON AUTOCTHONOUS PEOPLES IN THE CAROLINAS

The complexion of the Carolina Indians is Black, Not much different from that of the Ethiopians. Their hair is Black and thick, and not very long, tied back behind the head like a small tail. As for the physique of these men, they are well proportioned, of medium height, a little taller than we are.

They have broad chests, strong arms, and the legs and other parts of the body well composed. They’re broad in the face and have big black eyes. They have a sharp cunning and are agile and swift runners.”

— ITALIAN EXPLORER, GIOVANNI DA VERRAZZANO 1524

1543- FROM THE ATLANTIC JOURNAL, AND FRIEND OF KNOWLEDGE [MICROFORM] : IN EIGHT NUMBERS : CONTAINING ABOUT 160 ORIGINAL ARTICLES AND TRACTS ON NATURAL AND HISTORICAL SCIENCES, THE DESCRIPTION OF ABOUT 150 NEW PLANTS, AND 100 NEW ANIMALS OR FOSSILS ; MANY VOCABULARIES OF LANGUAGES, HISTORICAL AND GEOLOGICAL FACTS, &C. &C. &C. The Black Indians met by the Spaniards in Louisiana in 1543. See Soto’s invasion.

The Moon-eyed Negroes, and Albinos, destroyed by the Cherokis, and seen in Panama. Barton, &c. Among these the Yarura language has 50 per cent of analogy with the Gauna, 40 per cent with the Ashanty or Fanty of Guinea, and about 33 pM- cent with the Fulah, Bornu Uvd Congo languages of Africa. In Asia it has 39 per cent of numerical affinity with the Sainang Negroes, and 40 per cent with the Negroes of Andaman as well as those of Australia or New Holland. Full Text Here

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