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Why do many Latin Americans (Hispanics) look Middle Eastern ?

many hispanics especially Mexicans and South Americans have heavy Mediterranean/middle eastern features 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some Latin Americans do look Middle Eastern, many don't.

    My experience is that Mexicans, for example, on average, do not look Middle Eastern because they have so much Native American ancestry (on average about 50 percent), and although their skin tone is similar to Middle Eastern their facial features are entirely different.  

    Now, Spaniards, as in, from Spain, do in fact look very Middle Eastern. Not only do they have similar coloring but their facial features are often very Caucasian/Mediterranean just like Middle Easterners. A perfect example of a Spaniard who looks Middle Eastern would be Penelope Cruz, Alberto Contador, or Nicolas Almagro. Just google any of them.  

    So, in conclusion, the reason why SOME Latin Americans look Middle Eastern is because they have Spanish blood and Spain is right next to the Arab world.  The Latin Americans who look Middle Eastern are the ones with a high percentage of Spanish ancestry (or Portuguese ancestry in the case of Brazil). The Latin Americans who have a high percentage of Native Ancestry often do not look Middle Eastern, but more "Asian".

    Hope that helps.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because a lot of Hispanics have Mediterranean ancestors, and some also have Middle Eastern ancestors

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

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  • Magui
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I don't know if that is true. I think Latin Americans can look like anything really.

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  • 2 months ago

    Arabs/Africans colonized, conquered and mixed with Iberians for 800 years.  These Iberians, with Arab/African genes would later do the same to what is now Latin America, spreading middle eastern and African blood.  So it should not surprise you that the Arab/African look is showing up among many Latinos.

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  • 2 months ago

    Your question means "Why do Hispanics look Middle Eastern to ME?"  The answer is "That's because either you don't know/haven't seen pictures of many people from Central or South America, OR you don't know/haven't seen pictures of many people of the Middle East."  Because people from those two regions look completely different to almost everyone else on the planet.  So that's specific to YOU.

    (There's one more possibility, which River Euphrates has already pointed out:  That, through YOUR eyes, anyone who isn't strictly European or strictly Asian looks pretty much the same.)

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  • 2 months ago

    Mediterraneans DON'T LOOK like Jews/Arabs 

    And Mediterraneans don't look necessary like Latinos unless these Latinos have Mediterranean ancestors 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Valle Latina isn't located in Iberia Hispania (Spain / Portugal) or the Americas.

    You're using a non-sense term to start with, it wasn't used during colonization. The real Latins didn't have much to do with this stuff.

    It's a fictitious identity, so who can say what they look like.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    a lot of mexicans look asian, they look like filipinos or cambodians 

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  • 2 months ago

    They are all human, so they share some features.

    But mostly because you don't differentiate between brown people.

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