Saturday, June 19, 2010

Aroostook : Maine (USA)

In the late 19th century, many French Canadians arrived in New England from Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada to work in the textile mill cities in Maine, New Hamphsire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. By the mid 20th century Franco-Americans comprised 30% of the Maine's population. Aroostook County is known for its French culture. In the northernmost region of the county, which borders Madawaska County, New Brunswick, a majority of residents are bilingual.

  • Sample :

Full scale

  • Brief anthropological analysis :

- Type 1 :
Intermediate complexion (from dark-blonde to black hair, reddish undertones, grey eyes, ...), leptomorphic, large jaw, pointy chin, high-rooted and long straight nose, close-set eyes
~ Nordo-Atlantid

A classical Western European type which is prevailing both in the British Isles and Western France, it might be more coastal French-looking when darker even though it's found in the British Isles as well (see samples from Poitou and Ireland).

- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion (rather dark hair, blue-grey eyes, ...), brachymorphic, a large and square-box face, little and low-rooted straight nose that is rather broad and flat, distanced eyes and narrow eyelids (pseudo-"mongoloid" look)
~ Alpinoid

Even though one could speculate about remote Amerindian admixture, it is more reasonable to detect that this type possesses direct counterparts in Western France in Poitou (see samples from Poitou) which is from where most French-Canadian settlers originated.

  • Final morphotypes :