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From: "Malcolm Dodd" <>
Subject: Re: my genes showed 4% Native American which seems a bit odd
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:51:50 -0000


Could there be a genuine Jewish genetic legacy in today's results of
DNAPrint tests? I believe that it is possible. I have previously stated
on this list, that the fact that 95% of the indigenous population
quickly died in the early years from diseases brought to the Americas
post Columbus, not to mention their slavery, means that the population
became admixed.

Is there any evidence for early Jewish immigration? Yes, viz -
Sephardic Genealogy Resources
Some Sephardic Names Origins and meanings

Name Variants Origin Meaning Notes

De Soto, Del Soto Spanish Marshland

Hernando De Soto
Explorer and conqueror, born at Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, Spain,
1496 or 1500; died on the banks of the Mississippi the latter part of
June, 1542.
1539
Among the 600 men who landed near Tampa Bay, Florida with the Spanish
explorer Hernando de Soto were at least 100 Portuguese. The expedition
traversed a great deal of territory, seeing parts of present-day
Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee,
Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Just under three years after landing, on May 21,
1542, De Soto died on the banks of the Mississippi. The survivors
continued on to present-day Texas. Among the explorers was a nobleman
from Elvas, Portugal, André de Vasconcelos da Silva, who seems to have
been the leader of the Elvas group. He never returned home. The oldest
description of these lands is from this expedition. Written in
Portuguese by an anonymous Fidalgo de Elvas, or Gentleman of Elvas, it
was published in 1557.
1634
The first documented Portuguese settler in the present-day United
States, Mathias de Sousa, arrived in Maryland. Some believe that he was
of Jewish descent.
1654
On January 26, a group of 23 Portuguese Sephardic Jews, who had
originally fled from Portugal to the Netherlands, left Recife in
Pernambuco, Brazil for New Amsterdam (now Manhattan, New York City) in
the wake of the collapse of the Dutch colony in that South American
country. These refugees were the founders of the first American Jewish
community. During its first decades, the Congregation Shearith Israel
(since renamed the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue) used the Portuguese
language. By the middle of the 1700s, however, both Portuguese and
Spanish had given way to English.
1658
A group of Portuguese Jews founded the Sephardim Touro Congregation in
Newport, Rhode Island. Jewish Portuguese families introduced the Masonic
order to Newport. The synagogue was dedicated five years later, making
it the first synagogue in the United States.

The DNAPrint subjects used to define Native Americans comprised
populations including Mexico.
Malcolm Dodd




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