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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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Were the Carthaginians Ethiopians?

I BEGIN this chapter with the above question, but I do not mean to ask whether the Carthaginians were Africans. They were Africans. But African does not mean the same as Ethiopian. Ethiopia is a name derived from the complexion of the inhabitants, while Africa is a name given to a tract of country- inhabited by nations of various complexions.

Josephus, book I. chap. 15, sect. I. gives the origin of the name Africa, from Ophren, Abraham's grandson, by Keturah, his second wife.

To me, it appears, that the Carthaginians cannot, in any proper sense, be considered Ethiopians, and therefore that we have no proper connection with them.

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