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Mestizo Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

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  • a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

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Mestizo Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Mestizo (meh-STEE-tzo) is a Spanish term for a person who is of mixed European (usually Spanish) and Native American ancestry.

Mestizos have existed since the time when Spain controlled what is now Latin America. A mestizo was usually the son of a Spanish father and a Native American mother. Mestizos form the largest part of the population in some Latin American nations, a large minority of mestizos makes up most of the population in Mexico, which is the Spanish-speaking nation with the largest population in the world.

During the colonial era, many Native Americans were converted to Roman Catholicism and began using the Spanish language instead of their traditional one. This was because of the concept that existed in the Spanish colonies which gave more "value" to European people over Native Americans and Africans. Because of this, many Native Americans gained better social status by calling themselves "mestizos" instead of "Native American."

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  • MMDA enforcer’s assailant in 30s, with mestizo features; victim suffers fractured nose
    A mestizo-looking man in his 30s – this was how a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic constable described the Maserati-driving motorist who assaulted him in Quezon City Thursday morning. Read more on this news related to 'Mestizo'
  • Gene variations predispose mestizo Mexican population to develop severe form of COPD
    A study by Ramcés Falfán-Valencia, researcher at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, found that the mestizo Mexican population has a number of variations in certain genes that predispose them to develop the most severe form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more on this news related to 'Mestizo'
  • Tour Colombia In Dance And Rhythm At Thalia
    BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Thalia Spanish Theatre is back for a new season and they have brought all of Colombia with them to Sunnyside. For only five weekends this winter, Thalia’s resident Mestizo Dance Company will perform the Colombia Musical Review, a survey of Colombian dances, musical styles, costumes and cultural influences […] Read more on this news related to 'Mestizo'

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