Sunday, August 12, 2018

THE AMERICAS AS “ASIA EXTENDED”?

Asia: [from the Greek name for] “the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.6% of the Earth's total surface area (or 29.9% of its land area) and with approximately 4 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population.” Wikipedia


Mix up the world’s population and every 3rd human you meet would be Chinese. Every 5th person would be from India. The rest of the continent includes millions more of other Asians in East Asia and the Pacific.


Added to these Asians, approximately 47,834,251,490 indigenous people who are genetically “Asiatic”, live in 16 countries in South and Central America. There are roughly 3,672,790 in the USA and Canada. These overall numbers do not include the indigenous Caribbean populations or the extremely large meztizo and other African, European and Asiatic populations with indigenous American genes in this hemisphere. Even Europe (and possibly other areas) had its mixing of indigenous Americans soon after Columbus brought some Taíno back to Spain. Some meztizos in the Americas obviously relocated to their father’s homelands in Europe and Africa (For example, Jamaican Maroons to Sierra Leone and African Americans to Liberia). At this time in history the Jamaican Maroons had been the result of the assimilation into the Yamaye Taíno population of the mountain Cimarrones, who themselves had escaped subjugation on Spanish ranches. (Both the words “Maroon” and “Seminole” came from Cinarron.) Some African Americans had themselves mixed with their local Native American neighbors.   


Is the vast Western Hemisphere of the Americas also a part of Asia? Some folks think so. However, not according to some writers. Yet, indigenous Americans, they contend, are believed to have come “from Asia over a land bridge that connected both Asia proper and the Americas.” Indigenous Americans, at the time of Columbus, were genetically, philosophically and religiously “Asiatic”. Columbus was on his way to Asia when he collided into the Caribbean homeland of these Asiatic peoples, the Taíno and Island Carib. To him, they appeared to be Indios/indu. Sailing down from the Guanahani in the Bahamas, he arrived in Cuba. There he sent out an overland expedition to find the home of the Great Kahn of China. Until his dying day, maybe he was rightfully convinced that he had encountered, explored and temporarily governed Indians (Indios) from the outer reaches of Asia’s subcontinent.



2 comments:

Unknown said...

Is there another country like Mexico? The people of Mexico, whatever the color of their skin, think of themselves as mestizo. In addition to their Spanish heritage, have an African genetic heritage. Do you have information about when the first Africans settled in Mexico?

The African slaves had the foresight to bring tamarind seeds with them. They planted and cared for the tamarind seedlings so today we enjoy the fruits of their labor. Other examples?

Hugh Stringer

Mike Auld said...

Yes. Vera Cruz is one center of African folks. Emeleano Zapata came from a village with known African ancestry. Mexico has different interpretations about who is Ingigina or Indio. With a high population of Amerindian DNA, one must speak an indigenous language to be called Indio.