112 Spanish Racial Terminology


The following terminology was used in Colonial Mexico and reflects the complex caste system of that period.  This list is originally from the work of Nicolas Leon, 1924, Las Castas Mestizaje Del Mexico Colonial o Nueva España, reported in M.D. Olien, 1973, Latin Americans: Contemporary Peoples and Their Cultural Traditions, pp. 94

Español (Spaniard) male mates with India (Amerind) woman, produces a mestizo

Mestizo male mates with an Española woman and produces a castizo.

Castizo male mates with an Española woman and produces an español.

Español male mates with a Negra woman and produces a mulato.

Mulato male mates with an Española woman and produces a morisco.

Morisco male mates with an Española woman and produces a chino.

Chino male mates with an India woman and produces a salta atrás.

Salta atrás male mates with a Mulata woman and produces a lobo.

Lobo male mates with a China woman and produces a jíbaro (hick).

Jíbaro male mates with a Mulata woman and produces an albarazado.

Albarazado male mates with a Negra woman and produces a cambujo.

Cambujo male mates with an India woman and produces a sambaigo.

Sambaigo male mates with a Loba woman and produces a calpamulato.

Calpamulato male mates with a Cambuja woman and produces a tente en el aire.

tente en el aire male mates with Mulata woman, produces no te entiendo.

No te entiendo male mates with India woman and produces a torna atras.

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