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Over a thousand years ago…. In the Sind area of India * * ( present south central Pakistan). An exodus was spurred by a series of invasions by ( Mahmoud of Ghanzi of Afghanistan in 1001 A.D. Mahmoud of Gorh 1191 A.D. And Ghenghis Khan from Mongolia in 1215 A.D.

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Further Invasions by the Seljuk Turks attacked the near east and further pushed the Gypsies onward towards the west into the Byzantine Empire. (present day Turkey.)

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They were people of many castes such as nobles, counts, blacksmiths, basket weavers, fortune tellers, and entertainers.
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They also resorted to swindling, the usual scam involved to claim to be Christians doomed to wander a penance, collect food , moneys and letters of protection from the city and then continue to the next town.

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This pattern of mischevious behavior by some Gypsy bands enticed rulers and town governments to start banning Gypsies, usually citing theft, fortunetelling, begging and sometimes espionage as the reasons.

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Despite these bannings and also instances of being held into bondage in some parts of Europe, the Gypsy people travelled all across the continent and by 1425 had reached Spain.

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It was not until 1514 that Gypsies entered the British Isles due to the late 15th century Spanish policies banning Gypsies.
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In migrations from England in 1850 the Romnichels or English Gypsies reached North America and thrived as horse traders basket makers.
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and in the 1880’s

the Rom or Eastern European Gypsies from Serbia, Russia, and

Austria-Hungary.

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If all human beings originated in Africa, aren’t we all like the gypsies and aren’t they just like us ???
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