Global African Diaspora

above map from trans-atlantic slavetrade database

The African Diaspora was the movement of Africans and their descendants from their homeland to places throughout the world - predominantly to the Americas, then later to Europe, the Middle East and other places around the globe. However there was a much earlier migration of families out of Africa that impacts the entire human family even today.

The term "Diaspora" is applied in particular to the descendents of the Black Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade, with the largest population in Brazil. People of Sub-Saharan descent number at least 800 million in Africa and over 140 million in the Western Hemisphere, representing around 14% of the world's population.

Based on human genetics, it is widely believed that prehistoric Africans who left the continent within the past 100,000 years are the ancestors of all non-African humans. But as communities began to form, especially in Egypt and the Middle East, these migrations were greatly reduced because the only land route out of the African continent is through the Sinai Peninsula. After the rise of civilization and the development of sailing, black Africans traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Asia in a number of occupations. Many of these individuals settled in Europe and Asia and invariably intermarried with the local populations. Today, human genetic research suggests that mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome haplotypes in Europeans and Asians have distant African ancestry. But these early migrations out of Africa are dwarfed by those associated with the Atlantic and Arab slave trades.

Top 16 African diaspora populations
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Country Population Rank
Brazil 85,783,143
United States 38,499,304
Colombia 9,452,872
Haiti 8,701,439
Dominican Republic 7,985,991
France 3,000,000
Jamaica 2,731,419 7
Venezuela 2,641,481
United Kingdom 2,080,000
Cuba 1,126,894
Peru 875,427
Canada 783,795
Italy 750,000 13
Turkey 700,000
Trinidad and Tobago 610,000
Nicaragua 520,726

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

To the souls of the Diaspora
lost in the trans-atlantic slave trade
and to enslavement in foreign lands...


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Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on January 13, 2010 at 8:10pm
Beautiful music... thank you for sharing our beautiful heritage. I uplift our brothers and sisters in Haiti and across the globe.
Comment by Ngon'e Aw on December 1, 2009 at 2:40am
TY, great post, and the music is wonderful too, thank you
Comment by Lydell Jackson on October 27, 2009 at 4:38pm
That's right Ty...This is our real legacy and we have to tell it to the world...We are a phenomenal people!!! A people that can not be measured by recorded history or time as we currently perceive it.
Comment by Ty Gray-EL on October 27, 2009 at 2:53pm
I echo the BRAVO and add a TOUCHE.

I bet we won't be seeing a cut out of this National Geographic special on Rush Limbaugh's, Glenn Beck's or Bill O'Reilly's show.

Thank you for telling our story brother, you are so, so, so necessary.


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