Mestizo Colombians refers to Colombians who are of white (mostly Spaniard) and American Indian ancestry. However, due to the fluidity of ethnic categorization common in Latin America, for all practical purposes, it refers to Colombians who do not belong to one of the recognized groups in Colombia (White Colombians, Afro-Colombians, Indigenous Colombians, and Romani). Colombians who simply identify with the mainstream Hispanic culture or Western values are usually categorized as Mestizos, regardless of their actual ancestry. As such, this category may include American Indians, people who are mixed, and some Whites.
Multiethnic relationships in Colombia began shortly after the establishment of the first settlers in the territory. It is a direct result of the shortage of women in some sectors of the kingdom during the Spanish annexation. During the early colonial period most European contribution was on the paternal side.
Numbers and distributionEdit
Mestizo Colombians make up 49% (23 million) of the population. They are the largest group in Colombia.
The various racial groups exist in differing concentrations throughout the nation, in a pattern that to some extent goes back to colonial origins. They are concentrated throughout the country, mainly in the Caribbean coast, Orinoquia region, and Andean region.
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