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  • The Indians
  •                                          Mestizos
  • Slaves
  • The Indians made well over 50% of the population in Latin America . They lived in Latin America before the arrival of the Spanish people . 
  • Mulattos
  • Mestizos were people of mixed Spanish and Indian heritage who in 1800 made up about 7% of the total population . Most Mestizos were small farmers , shopkeepers , artisans , and overseers in mines . 
  •                   Peninsulares
  • Slaves were of African American descent , and many were born in Africa . Slaves were about 11% of the population . Under Colonial law , slaves were considered property and could be bought and sold .
  • Creoles
  • Mulattos were people of mixed Spanish and African blood . More so than in the north blacks in Spanish America were able to buy their freedom blacks and Mulattos made 8% of the population .
  • Peninsulares were people born in Spain who migrate to colonies . Made up 1% of the population . Some were very wealthy , but not all . They worked in high ranking jobs in the government .
  • Creoles were people of Spanish blood that were born in America . They made 23% of the population . They owned the largest and richest mines . 
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