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Old 05-16-2018, 04:10 PM
Location: Ohio
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Originally Posted by xboxmas View Post
My Grandma took the DNA test and got her results. A little background- my Grandma is full Mexican (both her parents are from Mexico), but we always figured she was a mix of Native American and Spaniard. In her results she had both Native American (from Mexico) and Iberian Peninsula DNA. Not shocking. But in addition, she had 8% South Asian (India, Pakistan, etc) and 20% Southern European (Italy/Greece) along with numerous trace regions.

So I guess my question is, how common is Italian/Greek ancestry in Mexico? Same with South Asian? Was there a time when India (or other neighboring countries) invaded Spain and settled there? Was there also a time when Italy or Greece may have invaded Spain, or was it common for a lot of them to immigrate directly to Mexico? I'm just curious on what the explanation could be on why she has this DNA even though her family was in Mexico for generations. This has me very intrigued.

The Roma migrated to Spain, and then on to Mexico, so that would explain South Asian DNA.

Italy and Greece were renown with their shipping. Italian and Greek freighters were everywhere around the world (remember that Aristotle Onasis was a shipping magnate).

Even to this day, itinerant Italian and Greek merchant vessels transport goods everywhere. If you're looking for cheap passage to another country, and don't mind working a bit, you can catch an itinerant Greek or Italian merchant vessel in almost any port in the US and sail where ever you want to go to sight-see or start a new life.
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