Question: What was the social structure/hierarchy of the Spanish New World? (scroll down for answer)




Answer: From most powerful to least, you should know:

Peninsulares - People born in Spain who could hold the highest offices in the New World.

Creoles - Spanish people who were born in the New World. Along with the Peninsulares, they controlled most of the wealth.

Mestizos - People of European and Native American ancestry.

Mulattos - People of African and European ancestry.

Native Americans - Most numerous, and contained the least amount of rights.

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