The Blending of Ethnic
Groups in Latin America
and the Caribbean
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Each ethnic group
reflects its history
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They do this in their
customs, beliefs, and
foods
As a result of history
Latin America has a
diversity of races
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Europeans, Africans, and
Native Americans
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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People of these different races and cultures
intermarried and blended races and cultures
together.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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At the end of the
sixteenth century the
native people of Latin
America were forced to
be slaves.
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Many died from diseases
and brutality
Some were able to
preserve their culture by
moving to the remote
areas of the mountains.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Because the Natives
would die or run away,
the Europeans brought
slaves over from Africa.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Many of slaves had
children with the
Europeans and created
the Mulattoes ethnic
group
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Mixture of African and
European
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Another ethnic group is a mixture of Native
American and European called Mestizos.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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The main religion of Latin
America is Roman Catholic.
However, the religion of the
Native Americans and the
Africans have blended with
the roman Catholics
As a result there are a
variety of festivals that are a
mixture of Catholic, Native
American, and African.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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One example of the blending of ethnic groups
is the day of the dead which is a blend of
Roman catholic and native American beliefs.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Religions based on African Beliefs are also
present
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One example is Santeria which is practiced in
much of Cuba.
The Blending of Ethnic Groups in
Latin America and the Caribbean
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There are some
problems
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Many times the people
with European ancestry
have the higher paying
jobs, more education and
heath care.
More money
Native Americans,
Blacks, and Mestizos
have begun to demand
equality in their
countries.
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The Blending of Ethnic Groups in Latin America and the Caribbean