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Old 11-15-2013, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by ObscureOpulence View Post
Something also to consider about Africa is that Africa is a mix of influences as well. By the 1490s there had already been thousands of years of Arab conquest of Sub Saharan Africa, so the Africans imported as slaves often had Arab ancestral mix or Arab influenced cultures especially depending on the tribes too even more so than others. So that also has influence within Afro Jamaican cultural heritage and traditions.

The Arabs are the main root cause and culprit for the mass worldwide exploitation of black people and people of African descent worldwide and that's also how and where Europeans got it from to the situation we have today.

All you need to consider is that the vast majority of Jamaicans are descended from the various groups of peoples brought over from Wes/Central and who were mainly under British colonial rule, until 1962.

How the minute number of Tainos would have avoided being completely swamped by the Maroons, who do not have a narrative of being taino, escapes me.

Taino/Arawak influences are strong in the Spanish islands. No where else, outside of South America. Caribs were a distinct indigenous group which survive in a much more powerful manner in many of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

This is not to deny that there is not any residual Taino influnce. But I find it odd that the very people who wish to trivialize the African influences are advancing this.

Old 11-15-2013, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ObscureOpulence View Post
What African component would Antigua and Barbuda most likely have? They sound similar to Jamaicans and Bajans although there are probably differences. What do you think?

Antiguans developed very similarly to Jamaicans. Strong Akan influences, combined with the fact that there were many Irish present and they both had very consistent British colonial rule up to independence/self government in the 60s.
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