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November 30, 2017


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I would also suggest that assimilation would be a possibility. Many of the smaller black communities in Atlantic Canada, to name one region, saw that, people who passed intermarrying and continuing to pass and those who did not leaving. Could similar things have occurred in Argentina?

That is exactly what has occurred. But remember, assimilation and intermarriage won't alter that 4% number.

It isn't that 4% of the population "looks" African or identifies as African; it's that 4% of the genetic makeup of Argentines appears to have recently come from Africa.

The back-of-the-envelop calculations above suggest that the number should be 7%, but they are sensitive to initial assumptions. So while it's possible that there was some differential mortality in 19th century, it's by no means a solid conclusion.

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