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The Ibero-American World

Marcello Carmagnani and Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

in The Other West

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520247987
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247987.003.0003
The Ibero-American World

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Iberian traits were the first Western traits adopted by people on the American continent in the seventeenth centuries. The relative comfort that was felt with the American territories started the Western sphere of influence that resulted from the population's ability to build a worldview that took on different and original characteristics. The Ibero-American communities soon developed a unique American identity that set them apart from their Iberian counterparts. The first Westernization of the subcontinent was facilitated by its being part of the Spanish Empire, which allowed all realms and provinces, in Europe as well as America, to keep their own languages, cultures, and institutions while recognizing the king's preeminence and that of the Catholic religion and the metropolitan institutions. The complex process of the mixing races and cultures would lead to exchanges of symbols, cultures, and forms of organization and socialization that would help fashion today's Latin American pluralism.

Keywords: Iberian; Ibero-American; Europe; Catholic; metropolitan

Chapter.  13806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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