10-12 - October 12, 2007 Sociology 110 When the Spanish...

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October 12, 2007 Sociology 110 When the Spanish first colonized the America’s and established a society that ruled over the indigenous people a sociological system was put into place that laid out the hierarchy. The system was called the casta system, and in this casta there were several different levels that had different privileges that went with being in a specific class. A pure blooded individual that originated from Spain was at the top of the casta system, he was followed by and individual that was also a pure blood but was born in Mexico, known as a creole. Next was the mestizo, an individual that was a mix between a person of Spanish decent and that of the indigenous people. This then followed by mulatto, then the indigenous people, then blacks. Because each group had their own respective rights, such as fewer taxes for that of the mestizo and the pure Spanish, social boundaries were clearly drawn and not a lot of mixing occurred. The casta system developed after the initial colonization of Mexico. Initially, the Spanish
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