Toward resolution of the debate regarding purported crypto-Jews in a Spanish-American population: Evidence from the Y chromosome

  title={Toward resolution of the debate regarding purported crypto-Jews in a Spanish-American population: Evidence from the Y chromosome},
  author={Wesley Knight Sutton and Alec Knight and Peter A. Underhill and Judith S. Neulander and Todd R. Disotell and Joanna L. Mountain},
  journal={Annals of Human Biology},
  pages={100 - 111}
Background: The ethnic heritage of northernmost New Spain, including present-day northern New Mexico and southernmost Colorado, USA, is intensely debated. Local Spanish-American folkways and anecdotal narratives led to claims that the region was colonized primarily by secret- or crypto-Jews. Despite ethnographic criticisms, the notion of substantial crypto-Jewish ancestry among Spanish-Americans persists. Aim: We tested the null hypothesis that Spanish-Americans of northern New Mexico carry… 

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