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“Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America

Yolanda Fabiola Orquera

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0009
“Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America

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This chapter examines the issues of race and class in Spain's colonies in America. It suggests that there are three distinct periods of cultural development in Central and South America after the Spanish conquest. The first period is the period of imperial peninsular consolidation, and this was followed by a second phase which indigenous residual forms began to play a part leading to the final period of emergence. This chapter contends that the emergent forms of colonial and postcolonial expression owe much to the earlier “residual” attempts of interweaving indigenous cultural practices.

Keywords: race; class; Spanish colonies; America; cultural development; Central America; South America; indigenous cultural practices

Chapter.  7505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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