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Racial Classification

From early on, racial classifications of Latin America and the Caribbean were complex. The criteria included skin shade, hair texture, and social background. The definition accepted in the United States-the only country with such a categorization-is the so-called one-drop rule, which makes anyone with any known African ancestry a black person.

In eighteenth-century Mexico, as in the rest of Latin America, racial mixture was classified in great detail.

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Image ID: 1221475
Title: Racial mixture in eighteenth-century Mexico.
Source: Las castas mexicanas : un genero pictorico americano = The castes : a genre of Mexican painting / Maria Concepcion Garcia Saiz ; prologos de Diego Angulo Iniguez, Roberto Moreno de los Arcos, Miguel Angel Fernandez.
Name: Garcia Saiz, Maria Concepcion () - Author
Published: 1989
Location: General Research Division, Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Subjects: Blacks
Latin Americans
Racially mixed people

Keywords: Latin America
Mixed Race People
Racial Classification
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