View Full Version : Where does the African admixture in Mexicans come from?

12-02-2019, 05:13 PM
It seems that most Mexicans carry low levels (~3%) of African ancestry. This percentage is consistent between regions, which possibly means it's quite ancient. Curiously, it is lower among Indigenous Mexicans than in their Cosmopolitan peers (source (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/344/6189/1280/tab-figures-data)). What's its most likely source? Were these African-Mexican slaves related to present-day African-Americans? Are Mexicans in general aware they may have this ancestry (or can they identify their African ancestors) or is it in general largely unknown?


Some have proposed that this African ancestry was carried by Spanish and Portuguese colonizers, but I think their levels are in general below 1%.

12-02-2019, 07:32 PM
The initial colonial Mexican population had this African component in the first centuries and when the population has grown they kept the component just like Neaderthal admixture has been present in the demographic growth in Eurasia.

12-02-2019, 08:48 PM
There were actually African conquistadores among the Spaniards.


The group of people that accompanied Cortes in his conquest of the Aztec empire was heterogeneous and besides native allies and white european males they also included a more than decent amount of european women, assimilated Caribbean natives and yes, African people too.

Many Africans arrived to America as slaves, but many others were already libertos when they stepped the new continent for the first time.

There are many accounts of cases in which they earned land and wealth and were given titles and positions.