The Melungeons blog

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Melungeons visit Turks in New York


"Özdoğan explained that 20,000 Ottoman sailors were martyred in the 1571 naval war with Venetian sailors and 10,000 others were taken as prisoners. Some of these prisoners were then taken to the American continent by Spanish sailors. Özdoğan noted that DNA studies indicate a similarity between melungeons and Anatolian Turks. She also highlighted the need for more such meetings, adding that they are the best response to anti-Turkish circles. Researcher Richard Kennedy said his brother, Brent Kennedy, began to explore their ancestry after he was infected with an illness that is most common among Mediterranean people."


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