Zambo is a person of mix Amerindian and black ancestry. The origin of the word is not certain. Zambo could have originated from the female Wolof name Zamba. The term Zambo could be the shortened form of Zambaígo. The meaning of the word has changed over time and in some regions. It once meant mixture of black and mulatto and someone of mix indian, mulatto, and black. Sambo was once used to refer to Zambo. In Brazil, the term cafuso is used to refer to the zambo.

In colonial Louisiana, the term grifs was used to refer to someone who was black and Amerindian. Mustee was the term used in the rest of the south.

Related Article: Garifuna, Freedmen, Black Seminoles, Miskito, Afro-Ecuadorian, Afro-Mexican, Afro-Salvadoran 

Works Cited

Forbes, Jack D(1993). Africans and Native Americans: the language of race and the evolution of Red-Black peoples.University of Illinois Press, p. 236. ISBN 025206321X, 9780252063213.

Mark, Rebecca and Vaughan, Robert C(2004). Louisiana Creole of African Descent. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 137, ISBN 0313327343, 9780313327346