Is this known? Is it even possible to know considering we weren't keeping track of native Americans and slaves weren't counted the same way. Just curious. All this talk about white people becoming a minority got me thinking. Wikipedia says European Americans have "made up the largest part of the population since the nations founding". That doesn't account for the people that weren't counted or anyone outside of the tiny area that was the original country.
you raise some really interesting points! Plus often not included, in the modern US as a political entity, we count as white basically anyone who 'passes' for white, and a large percentage are not strictly of European descent only. Then in Hawaii there are only a few percent 'mainly' Hawaiians but much mixing and a very high percentage of Asians. In Puerto Rico as many as 60% carry Taino (Amerindian) genes (ie. they weren't actually wiped out in 50 years as the records state).
Also as an example of the muddling and mixing - I'm from the UK, my mother's family from Wales, but we have the gene for sickle cell anemia, which is from North Africa... Race is a construct.
@misterinvisible, @corroboree, @BD66, @t1nick, @KKGator Thanks for all of your responses. I am well aware that this is not supposed to be white land. I have been aware of the genocide and forced evacuation that cleared it since I was a child. It is strange to me how recently these things happened. The trail of tears happened in the 1830s. The mass reeducation of Native American children happened throughout the early 1900s. Its discusting and chilling especially once you take slavery into account. The sheer size and organization of the operation is hard to grasp. I have heard that there were more slaves than white people in places in the south. It just got me thi king if we ever really were a majority anyway and for haow long.
I did a very brief google search on my question. From what I have read here it looks like there is no ready and obvious answer to be found. Thanks so much for your input I may have to look further into it.
Off the cuff and prior to any serious research.. I'd speculate sometime after columbus' landing in the Bahamas (whereupon he spoke of the natives in his journal and I am paraphrasing for context here; "these people are so generous and giving and a beauty to behold, I only wish I had some guns and swords whereby I could subjugate them".. sometime after that until somewhere around the time that Custer with his United States Army Troup lost the battle of Bighorn to the Lakota Sioux which at the time was Monroe Doctrine to the United States.
Whites probably started to outnumber Native Americans in the 1760's and 1770's. There were 3,929,214 people in the USA (mostly white) in 1790. Nobody knows how many Native Americans were here before Columbus arrived, but their population was falling rapidly due to European diseases in the 1760's and 1770's so that's likely when the crossover occurred and whites became the majority.
It is known.
Between 1500 and mid-1800's westward expansion by Europeans marginalized Native tribes into smaller and smaller areas of land using the excuse of Manifest Destiny. The largest human genocide in human history occurred during this period across both the Americas.
Numerous atrocities against Native Americans span the hundreds of years from the first arrival of European explorers to the modern era under a wide range of circumstances. Today there are over 500 Native American tribes in the United States, each with a distinct culture, way of life and history. Even today, Native Americans face large challenges to cope with the disadvantages history has left them and ongoing cases of discrimination.
10 million+ Estimated number of Native Americans living in land that is now the United States when European explorers first arrived in the 15th century.
Less than 300,000 Estimated number of Native Americans living in the United States around 1900.
5.2 million identified as American Indian or Alaska Native in the 2010 census
The most significant reason for Natives decline was disease – an invisible killer that wiped out an estimated 90% of the population. Unlike the Europeans and Asians, whose lifestyle had a long history of sharing close quarters with domesticated animals, Native Americans were not immune to pathogens spread by domesticated cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses. As a result, millions were killed by measles, influenza, whooping cough, diphtheria, typhus, bubonic plague, cholera, scarlet fever and syphilis.
Atrocities Against Native Americans
For example, in the case of the colonization of the Americas, where 90% of the indigenous people of the Americas were wiped out in 500 years of European colonization, it can be debatable whether genocide occurs when disease is considered the main cause of population decline since the introduction of disease was mostly unintentional.
Genocide of indigenous peoples
The population figure of indigenous peoples of the Americas before the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus has proven difficult to establish. Scholars rely on archaeological data and written records from European settlers. Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated that the pre-Columbian population was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th century most scholars gravitated to a middle estimate of around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate of 100 million or more. Contact with the Europeans led to the European colonization of the Americas, in which millions of immigrants from Europe eventually settled in the Americas.
Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas