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    Puerto Ricans in the US versus those in Puerto Rico -- genetic differences?

    I have seen studies showing that the average Puerto Rican is 64% European, 21% Sub-Saharan African, and 15% Amerindian. I think this estimate is based on Puerto Ricans in the US, probably in the northeast. Based on phenotype, most Puerto Ricans in this area look roughly within that range -- predominantly European triracials, with a noticeable Sub-Saharan element with a minority of people who would be read as "black" and might look more Dominican.

    However, after Hurricane Maria hit, in nearly every photo taken in Puerto Rico or every news story, the people they showed looked at least 50% African, with many looking like African Americans or Jamaicans... you could have mistaken some of the pictures for being in Jamaica. I know there are parts of Puerto Rico where the people are significantly more African than those in the US.

    Yet, the Puerto Rico census says 75% of the population is white, 12% black, and only 10% mixed European/African/Amerindian.

    Are Puerto Ricans on the island more Sub-Saharan? Does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sikeliot View Post
    I have seen studies showing that the average Puerto Rican is 64% European, 21% Sub-Saharan African, and 15% Amerindian. I think this estimate is based on Puerto Ricans in the US, probably in the northeast. Based on phenotype, most Puerto Ricans in this area look roughly within that range -- predominantly European triracials, with a noticeable Sub-Saharan element with a minority of people who would be read as "black" and might look more Dominican.

    However, after Hurricane Maria hit, in nearly every photo taken in Puerto Rico or every news story, the people they showed looked at least 50% African, with many looking like African Americans or Jamaicans... you could have mistaken some of the pictures for being in Jamaica. I know there are parts of Puerto Rico where the people are significantly more African than those in the US.

    Yet, the Puerto Rico census says 75% of the population is white, 12% black, and only 10% mixed European/African/Amerindian.

    Are Puerto Ricans on the island more Sub-Saharan? ular phoros Does anyone know?
    It is possible the more spectacular photos were those of the areas of economic immigrants. I don't know the importance of these areas in Porto-Rico. I can say for French Antillan and Indian Ocean Islands and French Guyana , the last elections created a big and unexpected surprise with the apparition of a developing vote for the "Rassemblement National" (old "Front National"). I suppose it is due to the exasperation of the laxism of the French administration for the clandestine immigrants and the big expenses, indemnities and "privileges" for these immigrants.

    The more exceeding case is Mayotte Island in the Indian Ocean (Madagascar Channel), there is no European residents except members of high administration (who have not the reputation to vote for the RN), the vote for the RN is about 45%, certainly by the French Comoran people, because the illegal immigrants of other not-french Comoran Islands has exceeded more than the indigeneous people in some years. The administration is bound by a lot of juridic barriers and by the bad will of the European leftish judges.

    In English wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayotte

    The new department is facing enormous problems and challenges: in 2019, with an annual population growth of 3.8%, half the population is less than 17 years old, unemployment reaches 35% and 84% of the inhabitants live below the official poverty line. In addition, as a result of massive illegal immigration from neighboring islands, 48% of the population are foreign nationals.[6]
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    I saw that OP was banned but still... as a Nuyorican I thought I'd address this.

    Ethnicity wise there is no difference. There are a lot of mixes with Dominicans among both populations, west Indian mixes on the island, African American mixes on the US

    Conversely: there are many white Cuban and Spanish mixes in the island and many Italian and Irish mixes in the US

    Whatever difference s there are between those on the island and the mainland US are cultural, as those on the island will generally have a better grasp on the language and culture and history of the island and it's people.

    But this notion that small minded people on the island like to perpetuate, that newyoricans and mainland boricuas are all a bunch of uneducated poor mulattos is rasvist and wrong.

    We count amongst our ranks professionals, a supreme court judge, writers, fortune 500 executives, and ivy league grads. There are a lot of scumbags too... But the same can be said if the island.

    At the end of the day were all brothers. And shouldn't be back biting each other. My family is from the Aguadilla-Isabela area, and I try to get back there at least once every couple of years. We still have a little plot there, and family.
    Still invested in there welfare. I wish nothing but the best for them. Only ask for the same in return
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    It depends. You can have someone who has 10% African ancestry looking very African. Phenotype is very random. It's not uncommon for two siblings in a Puerto Rican family to look like two different races.

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