Inter-Racial Marriage in Colonial America

We have a period in history, where European Colonists along the Atlantic coast, on occasion lived peacefully with their Native American neighbors. The European men (especially Trappers) sometimes took Native American women for their wives. A Native American woman, who spoke in her native tongue and had the knowledge of hunting and terrain, was an asset to a Frontiersman, especially if she kept her connections with tribal members. As the years progressed, the Native Americans inter-married with Africans because they often found themselves living on the same plantation as slaves. And on occasion, the Jewish, Dutch, English, French and Spanish landowners took slave women as their wives or concubines. These slave owners were able to give their mulatto children a good education and a higher standard of living (though due to the hard working slaves). Many of them went on to marry white people or other light-colored mulattos, eventually the dark pigmentation disappearing leaving later generations to not know they had an African-American 11th great-grandmother.


Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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