A Study on Colombia

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The Spanish occupation of the region lasted for 300 years influencing developments in culture, politics and religion. In a bid to establish control over the region, Spanish colonization destroyed the social structure that pre-existed their occupation leading to exploitation of the riches within the country. Importation of slaves into the region resulted from the need to replenish the weakening labor force provided by the Indian population owing to disease, intense slavery labor and starvation. Slaves were brought in from Africa for purposes of mining silver and gold along the pacific coast. The intermix of the three populations led to mixed race to date referred to as 'mulattoes' from intermarriage of black and whites, 'mestizos' from intermarriage of whites and natives and 'zambos' from intermarriage of Indians and blacks ADDIN EN.CITE Fischer2007419(Fischer, 2007)41941917Fischer, M. M. J.,Culture and Cultural Analysis as Experimental SystemsCultural AnthropologyCultural Anthropology1-652212007Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Anthropological Association08867356http://www.jstor.org/stable/4124728( HYPERLINK l "_ENREF_2" o "Fischer, 2007 #419" Fischer, 2007). Spanish colonial rule yielded unfair decrees and practices that necessitated the desire for independence. This need was met with brutality from the colonizers who felt the need to protected their…

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