Evidence grows for Jewish colonists in the Appalachians
The archival and genetic evidence is growing that there was a substantial population of Sephardic Jews and Moors in the Southern Appalachians during the 1600s and early 1700s. As late as 1784 (or later) there were villages in eastern Tennessee where the inhabitants spoke Spanish or Portuguese exclusively.
However, the latest DNA studies are downright shocking. The average North Carolina Cherokee carries more Middle Eastern DNA than the average Ashkenazi Jew in the United States. Not only do the Cherokees carry typical haplogroups from the Levant, but also other areas of the region. In a large Cherokee DNA sample, 34% carried typical Mesopotamian DNA, while 26.8% were in the Type T haplogroup that is typical of Egypt. Twenty-five percent of Egyptians carry Type T.
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