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Charleston

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An Egyptian musicologist noted that the fishermen along the Suez Canal have a unique folk dance very similar to the Charleston. He developed an intricate theory that the Charleston originated in Egypt and was transmitted via Nubian slaves into Central Africa, thence through the West African slave trade, to the American Carolinas where it emerged in the 1920s.

He ignored the obvious explanation: The fishermen picked it up from observing the tourists dancing on cruise ships using the Suez Canal in the 1920s.


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