African Diaspora

The term ‘’African Diaspora’’ has been used by historians, writers, and ethnographers to refer to all descendants of Africa. Some scholars have used it to refer to the current emigration from Africa.

The African Union defines the African Diaspora as individuals of African origin living away from their home continent (Africa). ❤️🖤💚

The phrase “African Diaspora’’ was coined during the 19th century, but only came into common use during the 21st century. The largest population of the African Diaspora resides in the following nations.

Countries With The Largest African Diaspora Populations

1. Brazil 🇧🇷 – 55.9 Million

Brazil has an estimated 55.9 million people of African descent, making it the country with the largest African Diaspora population.

The Portuguese started the slave trade during the 1550s, and they managed to trade over five million enslaved people from Mozambique, Congo, Angola, Nigeria, Benin, and Ghana.

About 50% of those captured were brought to Brazil and forced to work on the mines and sugar plantations in northeastern parts of the country which includes the present-day Bahia and Pernambuco states.

2. The United States 🇺🇸 – 46.4 Million

Although the Trans-Atlantic slave trade brought a majority of the slaves to the United States, many Africans also migrated to the United States voluntarily. Today, many people continue to emigrate from various countries in Africa to the United States.

The United States has an African Diaspora population of over 46.4 million people which is about 13.6% of the entire country’s population.

3. Haiti 🇭🇹 – 10.1 Million

Afro-Haitians refer to all the citizens of Haiti of African descent. Many are the descendants of enslaved people who were once brought to Haiti by the French to work on plantations. The majority of these people came from West Africa and Central Africa mainly from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, Sierra Leone, Benin and Senegal among others.

4. Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 – 9.2 Million

Afro-Dominicans refer to all Dominicans of African ancestry. The number of Afro-Dominicans whose ancestors were brought from Central Africa and West Africa from the 16th to the 19th century is 9.2 million.

The majority of the immigrants are from Haiti. The Afro-Dominicans are the significant minority population in the country.

5. Colombia 🇨🇴 – 4.9 Million

The Colombians of African descent are known as Afro-Colombians. With an African Diaspora population of about 4.9 million, Colombia has the third highest population of African diaspora members in the western hemisphere and the fifth largest globally.

Africans were brought as slaves by 1520s from various West African nations including Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ghana among others to replace the reducing population of Native Americans.

Currently, people of African descent make up over 10.6% of the population of Colombia.

Source: World Atlas 🌍


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Elizabeth Leiba

Elizabeth Leiba

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