The relationship between Africans and Native-Americans was seen as a threat to Europeans and European-Americans, who actively tried to divide Native-Americans and Africans and put them against each other.At the same time, the early slave population in America was disproportionately male.Nevertheless, as late as , a Louisiana justice of the peace refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, justifying the decision on grounds of concern for any children the couple might have.Most Asiatic-Hawaiians men also married Hawaiians and European women and vice versa.Yet, there is no evidence that anyone in South Texas was prosecuted for violating this law.The rates of this interracial marriage dynamic can be traced back to when black men moved into the Lower Rio Grande Valley after the Civil War ended.They married into ethnic Mexican families and joined other black people who found sanctuary on the U. S, mostly of Cantonese origin from Taishan migrated to the United States.
Some historians have suggested that the at-the-time unprecedented laws banning interracial marriage were originally invented by planters as a divide and rule tactic after the uprising of servants in Bacon's Rebellion.
During the transitional period of Africans becoming the primary race enslaved, Native Americans were sometimes enslaved with them.
Africans and Native Americans worked together, some even intermarried and had mixed children.
Some African men chose Native American women as their partners because their children would be free, as the child's status followed that of the mother.
The men could marry into some of the matrilineal tribes and be accepted, as their children were still considered to belong to the mother's people.