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DNA records effects of conquest, slave trade in the Americas
DNA records effects of conquest, slave trade in the Americas

The Internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas. Historians now can sort through ship manifests once scattered across continents and even search a database for the names of slaves uprooted from Africa and brought across the Atlantic. And anyone who can afford it can trace their ancestry through commercially available DNA tests. But just as spotlights dissipate over distance, these modern methods often turn up broadly hazy answers. A spate of recent studies, however, have added more subtle...

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