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Mestizaje
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1. Mestizaje between biology and culture

The Spanish term mestizaje denotes the biological and cultural “mixing” of different ethnic groups. It arose in the course of the Spanish conquest of the Americas (Conquista). Soon after the European appropriation began, sexual contacts took place between the conquerors and the Indigenous population (American indigenous…

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Büschges, Christian, “Mestizaje”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023995>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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