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African Diaspora - Top 10 Countries

Name the countries outside of Africa that have the highest number of people of African descent.
Includes people of mixed descent
Last updated: November 20, 2016
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Country
58.4 mil
28.2
Brazil
44.2 mil
13.6
United States
11.1 mil
99.9
Haiti
9.8 mil
20
Colombia
8.5 mil
84
Dominican Republic
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Country
5.3 mil
8
France
3.9 mil
34.9
Cuba
2.7 mil
97.4
Jamaica
2.1 mil
3.3
United Kingdom
1.5 mil
1.2
Mexico
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level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
I used this as a source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_diaspora

Honestly, the Wikipedia article is a bit of a mess. I used the percentage figures, and then calculated the absolute numbers using the current country population.

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level 46
Jan 12, 2017
Now in the Wikipedia article there are also the absolute values. They are different from yours, but not so much.
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level 72
Nov 21, 2016
This doesn't make much sense to me - I thought everyone in the world was of African descent? I guess it must refer to only going back a certain number of generations but surely that number is totally arbitrary? Apologies if it is explained in the source you linked to, I didn't read it...
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level ∞
Nov 21, 2016
Can't tell if you're being serious...
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level 72
Nov 22, 2016
I'm afraid I am being serious, although probably with a touch of pedantry as well - I think I understand what is meant when people refer to people of African descent but at the same time I do feel like it is totally arbitrary that we say, for example, 'if 20 generations ago your ancestors were born and bred in Africa then you are of African descent but if you have to go back 50 generations then you aren't'. Maybe my understanding of the term is incorrect. Also, how do you make separate paragraphs when commenting? When I type comments, I can press enter twice to get a blank line but when I post it, it appears as a single block of text...
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level 64
Nov 23, 2016
@roleybob. You have to write < br> (without the space between <, and b!) before the sentence which you want to be on new paragraph.
Then
you
get
this.
You can also make text bold or itallic if you put it < b>here< /b> or < i>here (again without the spaces).
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level 72
Nov 23, 2016
Great
Thanks!
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level 35
Dec 12, 2016
Wow.
I learned something.
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level 72
Jan 3, 2017
Quizmaster, what about a quick course on HTML tags (focused on quiz comments) as the next entry of the JetPunk blog?
Surely it would bring joy and ease of mind to several people who can't get why their newlines don't appear after submitting their comments.
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level 59
Jan 12, 2017
@angropber14 Yes, please! I can't wait to discover all the codes that some commenters use but I have no idea how. Using these one could change a block of text to something better-built.
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level 59
Aug 25, 2017
This is one of those moments where technically you are right, but logically you know this quiz means something other than that. Are you that one person that when they taught you "Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world" and you said "Technically Mauna Kea is". Technically you are right... but everyone else doesn't care... Cause I am totally one of those people!
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level 49
Mar 7, 2018
having studied geology in college it drives me nuts when people say the tallest mountain on earth is Mt. Everest, it is not.
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level 72
Aug 17, 2018
I understand that you're talking about tallest in terms of difference in elevation from base to summit but isn't it true that the summit of Everest is the point on the surface of the Earth farthest from the centre of the planet?
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level 72
Dec 19, 2018
Oh, apparently not - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimborazo
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level 57
Jan 13, 2017
I think they (wikipedia) are using an euphemism for black people
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level 75
Jan 27, 2017
But "black" people is even more a terrible ill-defined term than "people of African descent." Most ignoramuses who actually believe the term has some realistic or useful application would probably group in Moroccan Touaregs, people from Nigeria and South Africa and Ethiopia, "African Americans," and Australian aboriginees etc. in to the same all-encompassing group even though these people have about zero in common genetically, culturally, et cetera. Just dark skin. And then, even that incredibly stupid distinction falls apart when these same people will probably call Colin Powell or Michael Jackson "black," but not someone from southern India whose skin is many shades darker. (or they may call such a person "black," adding in another group of people who share nothing in common with the first many sets).
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level 75
Jan 27, 2017
Compounding the problem, those same people most likely would not consider the "Arab" north African populations of Egypt, Libya, Algeria, etc. to be "black," though they are most certainly African.
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level 75
Jan 13, 2017
bob is right. Literally every country on Earth has a population 100% of African descent. So... what does this actually mean?
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level 44
Feb 5, 2017
I think it means where their ancestors most recently immigrated from within the historical record.
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level 38
Jun 7, 2017
I can't help but smile whenever I read these convoluted attempts to "identify" what people are Black, based on ethnicity, geography, DNA, preferred cuisine, etc. etc. I simply don't hear the same angst and hysteria when it comes to identifying who is White.
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level 54
Apr 19, 2017
Actually there have been archaeological finds now that show the Middle East as the original source as opposed to Africa. The earliest civilizations on earth were found in the Pre-Islamic Middle East, not Africa. In fact Damascus is the worlds oldest city.
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level 66
May 2, 2017
He was talking about humanity as a whole, not civilization. Almost all of the oldest human fossils are found in East Africa, Ethiopia in particular.
Sure, the oldest civilizations did begin in the Indus Valley, but those people migrated there from Africa
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level 38
Mar 18, 2018
You say in the instructions that it includes racially mixed individuals yet you leave out virtually all of the Caribbean countries, Panama in Central America, Guyana and Surinam in South America, but include Mexico and Colombia? Is this a joke or what?
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level 64
Nov 21, 2016
Awesome idea, thanks!
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level 61
Jan 12, 2017
It's shocking that the Caribbean countries have the percentage that high. It's more shocking that the reason for this is that their native people were slaughtered to extinction...
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level 45
Jan 12, 2017
Actually, the indigenous peoples of South and Central America are classified as black. If you look at a Demographics pie chart of, for example, the US, you will always see that Hispanic (black) and Hispanic (white) are two separate categories, and are defined by how much they mixed with the Europeans.
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level 61
Jan 12, 2017
Yes but this quiz indicates people of African descent. I don't think non-African black people are included here.
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level 75
May 1, 2017
Depends on who is classifying them, since "black" is a classification without any real meaning.
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level 48
Jan 12, 2017
The top two are countries that used them for slaves.
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level 61
Jan 12, 2017
Corrective addendum: the top 5 and 8 of the top 10
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level 34
Jan 12, 2017
Wouldn't think Mexico would be on there.
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level 53
Jan 12, 2017
I'm pretty, pretty, pretty sure Brazil has a lot more
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level 46
Jan 12, 2017
Didn't expect Mexico on the list.
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level 35
Jan 13, 2017
Nice quiz! It's funny how only 1% of Mexico is of African descent and it's still in the top 10
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level 53
Jan 23, 2017
I should have looked to the percentages, would have thought of the DR!
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level 34
Feb 1, 2017
Let me try this new paragraph thing.
Let's see if it works...
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level 34
Feb 1, 2017
Huh... it didn't.
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level 77
Jul 19, 2018
If you use one < br>,
the text will drop down to the next line.

If you want a blank space in between,

use 2 < br>s.
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level 28
Mar 23, 2017
Almost missed the European countries!
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level 63
Apr 30, 2017
Saudiarabia is said to have approx. 10% of Afro-Asian descent, which translates into 3 million as well. See demographics of Saudiarabia on Wikipedia.
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level 63
Apr 30, 2017
Like someone already pointed out, most of us are of African descent, the descendants of Lucy. I guess what the quiz is calling for are the descendants of the unfortunate people who were victims of the slave trade. That is what spread the African people all over the Western Hemisphere. Then there is France of course who has had a fair share of immigrants from their former colonies.
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level 67
Apr 30, 2017
I'm a descendant of Haplogroup U Ursula
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level 36
Apr 30, 2017
cool
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level 45
Aug 6, 2017
According to Wikipedia, 10% of Saudi Arabia's population are Afro-Arab, which would be 3.3 million, which still counts as diaspora.
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level 45
Jan 30, 2018
You have a source, but Brazil is a peculiar case. In here we have pardos, the brazilian race (caucasian/black, caucasian/indian, black/indian), and most of them identifies themselves as black. Last statistics Also, we have a colonial hierarchy in which almost 80% of poor brazilians are black, so race is much of a social construct.
I know that this is a world problem, but in Brazil we see it with bigger eyes. (read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardo_Brazilians)
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level 38
Sep 7, 2018
Venezuela has a greater percentage of Blacks than Colombia. The Netherlands should be included here (again, from former colonies), and there's a great influx of Africans into Germany as well, again from former colonies and immigrants from across the border [the Netherlands], as well as biracial products of inter-racial marriages (though the percentages are probably not yet high enough to make it on this quiz). Then again, perhaps Europeans aren't as quick to label someone who is biracial as Black as Americans are.