Miguel Cabrera's Life In The 18th Century

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Miguel Cabrera is a well known painter from the 18th century who painted From Spaniard and Mulatta, Morisca in 1763. This painting is from the caste series Miguel Cabrera did during his life in the Colonial Spanish Americas (Arana). A caste series is a set of sixteen paintings that trace racial mixing. In the painting, a family of a Spanish man and a Mulatta women are depicted with their children whom contain attributes of both of their parents. This painting of a multicultural family shows much of the social, economic, political, and historical time period of Latin America. The European explorations begin the era of the Colonial Latin Americas. In 1492 Christopher Columbus arrived to the Americas and it is colonized. From that moment on, Americans become inferior to the Europeans and many Europeans begin to settle in the Americas (Bailey). With more Europeans, Negros (they were brought by Europeans to do slave work at plantations), and the original Native Americans, people begin to mix and new races are created during this time period. This was the beginning of racial mixing in the Spanish colonies.…show more content…
It is an era that changes the way people think opening skepticism, idealism, and common-sense realism (May). Overtime before the enlightenment, a caste system developes of all the people that come to America. The people with the fairest skin color are at the top of this hierarchy while darker colored people are at the bottom. Much of the art produced during the Colonial Latin America is from this wide variety of peoples backgrounds (Bailey). From Spaniard and Mulatta, Morisca depicts a section of the caste system, racial mixing, and the economic and political time period of the Colonial Spanish Americas.

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