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Spanish colonial society in America

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What are the most important features of spanish colonial society in America?

Feb 17th, 2015

Spanish colonial society in America


Colonial Spanish America presented the phenomenon of widespread racial mixture; the most important feature being the birth and growth of a new hybrid race, the mestizo, resulting from the union of Spanish male and Indian female, either through casual intercourse, concubinage, or marriage. Spanish women first arrived in the New World on Columbus' third voyage (1498) and before 1600 were found in practically all settlements. Black females imported as slaves arrived in the early 1500s and also spread through Spanish America. Three centuries of miscegenation aided the process of acculturation as the women of each race responded to contact with males of other races in keeping with their own cultures. In the colonial society that developed, white women from Spain were at the apex followed by creoles


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