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Creoles

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Creole, Spanish Criollo, originally, any person of European descent (mostly French or Spanish) born in the Americas The term has since been used with various meanings, often conflicting or varying from region to region.

 

In the Spanish Empire, Creoles were generally excluded from high office in both church and state, although legally Spaniards and Creoles were equals. Discrimination arose from Spanish crown policy aimed at rewarding its favored Peninsulares with lucrative and honorific colonial posts while excluding Creoles from such positions and severely restricting their commercial activities. Especially in the 18th century, immigrants from Spain  who succeeded in business in the colonies aroused the Creoles’ anger. The Creoles led the revolutions that effected the expulsion of the colonial regime from Spanish America in the early 19th century. After independence in MexicoPeru, and elsewhere, Creoles entered the ruling class. They were generally conservative and cooperated with the higher clergy, the army, large landowners, and, later, foreign investors.

 

Edited from: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Creole

 

 

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