Are Moors Indigenous To South Carolina?

“The Yamasee or Jamassi, was one of a small number of isolated tribes, dark complexion found widely scattered among the inhabitants of North and South America. Supposed to have been immigrants from Africa prior to the European discovery of America (see Human Species, by A. De Quatrefages). If this is so, it explains why D’Alyon persisted in slave hunting about Beaufort (1520), these negroes being valuable as laborers, while Indians were worthless. It was strange too if negroes first occupied this section where they now predominate.”
“Armond de Quartrefages, an anthropologist at the Museum of National History in Paris, in his book The Human Species, wrote that black inhabitants were found in small numbers and isolated areas in America. Some examples were the Jamassi (Yamassee) of Florida, the Harruas of Brazil (Uruguay), the black Caribs of Saint Vincent on the Gulf of Mexico and the black Zuni of present Arizona and Mexico. In Columbus Journal of the Third Voyage, he said he wanted to find out about the black people the Indians told him about. Indians were found farming yams and taro, an African food, while the Portuguese explorers in Africa saw natives cultivating maize, an Indian product. The Pima Indian tribe, Arizona members of the Uto-Aztecan family of languages of the Southwestern area of the United States, now living in Southern Arizona, have been identified as speaking a Semitic language. Analysis of the language of the Pima Indians revealed that it may be derived from Phonecian Iberian Punic colonist who settled in America from the Basque area of Spain between 800 and 600 B.C. Inscriptions in the Zuni language of Mimbres pottery as well as certain mystic symbols have been discovered to bear a close resemblance to the North African group of languages used in the ancient kingdom of Libya.
“A most peculiar thing is this Quatrelages in his book on the human race asserts the fact that the African lived on these islands long before the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. He is of high authority, and he says that the Yamasee Indians were Negroes, what was known afterward as the fiercest of the Indian tribes of the South–the well known Yamasee Indians were “Africans“. ” (By Mr. Phillips.) Is it a fact that they were much darker than the other Indians? Yes; it is a fact. Q. And the hair was different, too?–A. So it is stated by one of the most distinguished ethnologists in the world.Another corroborative proof is that the Spaniards found that 1 negro was equal to 10 Indians for work, and they, therefore, imported these Indian Negroes and carried them to the West Indies to experiment with.” 

The Moorish Essence of Pensacola By Jeremie Samuel

51xljlmall-1Local writer Jeremie Samuel points out Moorish architecture in Pensacola, Florida…“Discover hidden treasures of culture in Pensacola through the Moorish Essence of America’s first port city.” The Moorish Essence of Pensacola indulges in the rich history of exploration and cultural exchange in the port city. Jeremie Samuel, the author, born in Pensacola, analyzes the congruent climate and ecology which cultivates Pensacola in the likeness of Moorish Spain and Morocco. Explorers embarked in quest of the rich territory of Pensacola and Estevanico the Moor, born in Morocco reached her shores in 1528. The Moorish Essence of Pensacola also manifests through the Spanish explorer, Tristan de Luna, who landed at Pensacola Bay on August 14, 1559. He was born in the Moorish province of Borobia in Northern Spain, and 100 Moors were in his fleet on the expedition to Pensacola. The layout of the city’s main districts of Cordova, Seville, and Granada correspond with the great, ancient cities of Cordova, Seville, and Granada in Moorish Spain.


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