What is the difference between a mestizo and a mulatto and What do the words mean in Spanish?

From the Spanish word for “mixture,” a mestizo is a person who is a racial mix of European and Native American.

A mulatto (from an Arabic word for “mixed race”) is a person of mixed European and African ancestry.

There were mestizos and mulattoes in the English colonies, but many more in the Spanish colonies.

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