Mauritanian American

Mauritanian Americans
Total population
about 4,000 (as a minimum)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Cincinnati (Ohio) and Erlanger (Kentucky) areas
Arab, African languages

Mauritanian Americans are Americans of Mauritanian descent. According to answers provided to an open-ended question included in the 2000 US census, 993 people said that their ancestry or ethnic origin was Mauritanian.[2] According to a 2012 published report, however, about 4,000 people of Mauritanian origin lived in the Cincinnati (Ohio) and Erlanger (Kentucky) areas.[1]


  • Demography 1
  • Notable Mauritanian-Americans 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Many Mauritanians living in the United States are refugees, and some of them were slaves (Black Moors) or slave owners (White Moors).[1] Some of the White Moors who settled in the Cincinnati area had clashed with the Mauritanian government, either because they supported a failed candidate for president or because their families spoke out against government policies, including slavery.[1] Some "Afro-Mauritanians", who have a darker skin but were never enslaved, are also present in the United States.[1] The White Moors and Black Moors speak dialects of Arabic, while the Afro-Mauritanians speak African languages.[1]

Mauritanian Americans have created several community associations in the United States, such as Mauritanian Community and Friendship in Erlanger, Kentucky (composed mostly of White Moors) and the Mauritanian Community Association of Ohio in Cincinnati (composed almost entirely of Afro-Mauritanians).[1] The purpose of the latter organization is to help Mauritanian Americans "in many aspects: human, social and cultural". Its future plans include assisting Mauritanian refugees in Senegal and Mali and persons living in Mauritania.[3]

Notable Mauritanian-Americans

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g , reported by John D. Sutter, March 17, 2012CNN"Mauritanian refugees make new home in Ohio",
  2. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Mauritanian Community Association

External links

  • Mauritanians in America