Ancestors of tribe in South Africa may be Cantonese

08:45, June 12, 2010      

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There is a hunting tribe in South Africa called San who were characterized by their yellow skin and black hair and had a language similar to Cantonese. Many think they are probably the offspring of the Cantonese, while we cannot verify it anymore because the group has been wiped out by white colonialists.

According to history, Zhenghe and his fleets used to travel to the eastern coast of Africa in the Ming Dynasty. The potsherds discovered in the Mossel Bay can also prove that fleets full of treasures used to stop over here in the 15th century.

The overseas Chinese in South Africa also say that there used to be many soldiers and sailor who were punished to be exiled to Africa in the 15th century and most of them were from Guangdong Providence.

By People's Daily Online/Guangzhou Daily

(Editor:王千原雪)

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