This review is from: DNA AND YOU: BLOG POSTS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT
The article entitled “PORTUGAL ǀ PORTUGUESE ǀ IBERIAN” minimized the ancestral roots we have from the Moors and North African. The influence is much more than that writer claimed. He certainly looked like he had some Moorish descent. The Moors occupied Portugal for 500 years before the future first king of Portugal reclaimed it from the Moors. The Celtic history does exist here, more in northern Portugal. However, central and southern Portugal has been influenced more by other civilizations, particularly the Moors. My father is from the south, the Alentejo. Our ancestry as it is for most in that region is partly from the Moorish influence. Northern and southern regions have different influences, but it is inaccurate to say the Moors had minimal impact. Perhaps your writer shouldn’t White wash our history to make us sound more Anglo than our history suggests.