Romani Americans

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Romani people in the United States
Roma Americans
Romani Americans
Total population
est. 1,000,000
Regions with significant populations
Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and Portland
American English, different Romani dialects
Christianity, Islam, others

Romani Americans are people in the United States whose ancestors once came from India in Ancient time's. They came to the United States via Eastern Europe at 19th century - 20th century. It is estimated that there are one million Romani people in the United States. They known as American Gypsies.

History[change | change source]

Spain shipped Romani slaves to Louisiana. Romanichal and British Roma were enslaved in the Southern United States. Massive Roma migration from Europe began in the nineteenth century. Most were Romanichal. Many resided in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. They were mostly horse traders.[1]

Groups[change | change source]

They are different Roma Groups in the USA, with different religions. Majority are Christian Dasikane Roma from Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Spain, and few Muslim Xoraxane Roma from former Ex-Yugoslavia.[2]

Settlements[change | change source]

The Roma are concentrated in large cities such Chicago and Los Angeles and states such as New York, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, and Massachusetts.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans. p. 115.
  2. "Gypsy Law: Romani Legal Traditions and Culture". 2001.
  3. Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans. p. 116.