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Extended coloured family with roots in Cape Town, Kimberley, and Pretoria.
|Regions with significant populations|
|South Africa (Western Cape and Northern Cape), Namibia, Zimbabwe|
|South Africa||4,832,900 (2015; estimated)|
|Afrikaans (75%) and English (25%)|
|Christianity, Islam, Others|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Afrikaners, Cape Dutch, Cape Coloureds, Cape Malays, Khoikhoi, Xhosa, Saint Helenians|
Coloureds (Afrikaans: Kleurlinge) are a multiracial ethnic group originating in colonial South Africa, who possess ancestry from European, African (Khoisan and Bantu) and Asian (Austronesian and South Asian) ethnic groups. Different families and individuals have a variety of different physical features. There were extensive relationships and unions among these diverse peoples in the Western Cape — in which a distinctive Cape Coloured and affiliated Cape Malay culture developed. In other parts of Southern Africa, people classified as Coloured were usually the descendants of individuals from two distinct ethnicities. Genetic studies suggest the group has the highest levels of mixed ancestry in the world. studies have demonstrated that the maternal (female) lines of the Coloured population are descended mostly from Khoisan women, a case of gender-biased admixture.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Coloureds possess a diverse heritage including British, Irish, German, Mauritian, Saint Helenians, Indians, Xhosa and Zulu. Zimbabwean Coloureds are descended from Shona or Ndebele mixing with British and Afrikaner settlers. Griqua, on the other hand, are descendants of Khoisan and Afrikaner Trekboers. Despite these major differences, their ancestry from more than one naturalised racial group means that they are coloured in the South African context. Such people did not necessarily self-identify this way; some preferred to call themselves black or Khoisan or just South African.
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