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“Dark-Skinned, Reddish-Brown” Portuguese Were In America At 1784 A.D.

“Dark-Skinned, Reddish-Brown” Portuguese Were In America At 1784 A.D.

Source: Personalities, Events and Early Settlements of the 1700s (Collections and Stories of American Muslims Inc.) 2021 A.D. "In 1784, Tennessee Governor John Sevier records an encounter in Western North Carolina with a dark-skinned, reddish-brown complexion people who were supposed to be of Moorish descent and who claimed to be Portuguese ‘Portyghee.’ " This source confirms yet again that many of the Portuguese in previous centuries were indeed black or mixed. These individuals definitely could have been Spanish and Portuguese Jews, as well.  
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