An Italian CNN journalist visits vestigial settlements of whites who have lingered in some of the world’s most remote areas long after the colonial era ended.
One of the most intriguing groups are the remains of some Confederates from the US Civil War who now live in Brazil. Called Confederados, they once numbered perhaps as many as 20,000. Their little church houses a life-size portrait of Robert E. Lee. “Their dream,” writes Orizio, “was to reshape Dixieland far from modern temptations”. In Haiti, he finds what is left of some Polish settlers who arrived 200 years ago. Though they have intermarried with the black population, they keep themselves separate-and know the polka. Some, says Orizio, have arresting blue eyes. In Namibia are some people called Basters, folks who descend from Dutch and Hottentot ancestry. They complain of Eden lost and dream of a homeland.