“So as to give them courage we must teach people to be shocked by themselves.”

Casta (HUM455)

Recall that we discussed the creation of new cultural and racial identities as a result of the Spanish colonization of the antipodes. The system describing these new identities was called the “casta” (as in caste system). Out 4 main racio-cultural groups– Peninsular (European born in Spain); Criollo (European descent, born in America); Indio (indigenous); and Negro (African descent)– came a plurality of “mixed” possibilities.

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