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Today, the Vieques population comprises several different cultures and races. Some are the offspring of slaves who were brought from Africa , specifically Sudan , Kongo , Senegal , Guinea , and Sierra Leona, to work on the plantations. Later, French-speaking people came from Louisiana and Haiti , and both Scottish and Irish travelers came to escape depressed economies and revolutions.
During the mid-19th century, Chinese workers were brought in to help build roads. They were soon joined by other laborers from Europe , including Germany , Italy , and France . American expatriates began to arrive after acquisition by the United States in 1898, and thousands of Cubans arrived in the 1960s as a result of Fidel Castro’s revolution.
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