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According to Taylor, people of African descent composed less than one percent of population of New Spain between 1570 and 1793. The 1520’s would see the first “significant shipment of human cargo into the Americas” from Africa. Initially in 1573 Africans outnumbered mulattos 10 to 1. Less than 100 years later, the mulatto population would “overtake” the African population 3.5 to 1. By 1793, there would be 6,100 (<1%) “blacks” or Africans and 369,790 (10%) mulattos in all of New Spain. Amerindians would outnumber all other “racial” or ethnic groups and compose 61% of the population which included 2,319,741 people within New Spain (Taylor 1998).

NPS Ethnography Program