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A term for persons whose parents belong to different racial groups. Historically speaking, the Mestizos originated in the Spanish territories of America from sexual relations between Spanish men and women belonging to the conquered indigenous population. In the English, Dutch, and French Caribbean, however, Mestizos originated from relations between Europeans and black women slaves, and in Brazil from the relationships between Portuguese men and Indian women or, more frequently, African slaves (see also Mulattos). The racial intermixing in Latin America was …

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Beozzo, José Oscar, “Mestizos”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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