Portuguese – Azores

Portuguese – Azores

Atlantic Islander ǀ European

Portuguese Azorean Man

Photo: Portuguese Azorean Man

The Azores are an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, about 930 miles west of Lisbon and belonging to Portugal. The islands were uninhabited until Portuguese navigators arrived in the early 15th century. Early settlers included Portuguese from the provinces of Algarve, Minho, Alentejo and Ribatejo along with Madeirans, Sephardic Jews (escaping the Portuguese Inquisition), and Moorish prisoners. Other cultural influences on the islands include French, Italians, Scots, Germans, and Flemings as well as Spanish clergy and Africans from Guinea, Cape Verde and São Tomé.

The Portuguese – Azores Archipelago population data represent DNA samples from 95 individuals in the Archipelago of the Azores, a group of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles west of the Republic of Portugal. Azores is constitutionally mandated as an autonomous region of mainland Portugal, with a separate president. DNA samples were obtained by the Institute of Legal Medicine of Coimbra, in Portugal.

Source publication:  Genetic profile of the Azores Archipelago population using the new PowerPlex 16 System kit, FSI, 2002, p68-71.

[Population 168]

The Portuguese – Azores population data represent DNA samples from 100 individuals in the Archipelago of the Azores, a group of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles west of the Republic of Portugal. Azores is constitutionally mandated as an autonomous region of mainland Portugal, with a separate president. DNA samples were obtained by the Institute of Legal Medicine of Coimbra, in Portugal.

Source publications: Allele frequencies of STR multiplex systems in two Portugese population samples, Progress in Forensic Genetics 8, 2000, p208-221.

[Population 199]