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Old 03-21-2008, 04:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7307563.stm

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European colonisation of South America resulted in a dramatic shift from a native American population to a largely mixed one, a genetic study has shown.

It suggests male European settlers mated with native and African women, and slaughtered the men.

But it adds that areas like Mexico City "still preserve the genetic heritage" because these areas had a high number of natives at the time of colonisation.

The findings appear in the journal Public Library of Science Genetics.
Interesting, yet very sad.

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I'm not sure what to think of this since my DH is a proud Mestizo.

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I thought this was very important, probably something that the average person doesn't know or doesn't think about with regards to this.

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Explaining the fate of native males when the Europeans arrived, Professor Luiz-Linares said: "It is a very sad and terrible historical fact, they were basically annihilated.

"Not only did the European settlers take away land and property, they also took away the women and, as much as possible, they exterminated the men."


He said the findings could help people change their perception of Latin American history.

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Maybe my impression isn't average, but I thought most people did know about this even before genetic evidence, given a lot of the art I saw in Mexico.

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Not snarky, and I'm glad they are studying it, but this is news? I kinda thought anyone with even a minimal amount of history of the region knew this. I don't know, the article acts like it's some major break through.
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Well, it's the BBC. I think the news is that they've done the genetic stuff to confirm what was expected.

I do think, however, that the average American of European-background is clueless about this. I think they assume that they were always the "good guys"... be it as Europeans or Americans.

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you know, This is a bbc story, and I have found, while living here in the UK, that many British people do NOT know latin american history/countries. (maybe sort of like Americans don't know much about western european history/countries).

2 times I have stated that dh is Colombian and the response has been 'OH, your children are speaking Mexican, then!' no joke
and there have been many questions for us, which I have always known about latin america.

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I had an average public school education and we studied European history and Latin American history. We did not study Asia or the rest of the world except extremely superficially though. Heck I remember my whole 6th grade class writing reports on different Latin American counties. Maybe things have gone down hill since then. I did graduate High School over 25 years ago and we HS'd dd so I don't have any first hand experience with what schools are like now.
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Um. I had the standard public school education in kentucky and tennessee, and I knew this... that's what Mestizo means.

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Not snarky, and I'm glad they are studying it, but this is news? I kinda thought anyone with even a minimal amount of history of the region knew this. I don't know, the article acts like it's some major break through.
I agree. Even *I* knew this and I am not expert in Latin American history.

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"Unlocks?" Hm, okay.
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Not snarky, and I'm glad they are studying it, but this is news? I kinda thought anyone with even a minimal amount of history of the region knew this. I don't know, the article acts like it's some major break through.
me too..i mean duh?

not that its not horrible, and all but as far as being historical accountings and whatever... who that knows anything about the wars and conquering and all wouldnt know that?
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I wonder if the genetic study info is coming from the National Geographic genetic study that has been going on all over the world?
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