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Spanish Influence in the New World- When the Spaniards came to settle the New World or what is now Mexico and Peru they imposed many new ways and customs for the people living there These institutions were partially what the Spaniards were used to from living in Spain and others were simply to live better The Spaniards imposed many political economical and social institutions in the New World never heard of before by the Indians and many feudal customs and systems that they brought wholly intact from Spain The political institutions were very important for government functionality in the Spanish colonies First a class system similar to that in Spain was reconstructed anew in the colonies Those in the New World that were born in Spain held the highest position These people were called Peninsulares and were the nobles of the feudal class hierarchy Below them were the Creoles or Spaniards born in the New World Then came mestizoes men and women of mixed Spanish and Indian marriages mulattoes people of black and Spanish ancestry and zambos those born from black and Indian marriages Viceroys were another political establishment in the New World The viceroys were the kings assistants They helped manage the government in the colonies and carried out orders from the king This method did not work too well since orders from the king took months and even years before reaching the viceroys after which a message may be outdated and irrelevant New social institutions changed the way people lived The Church was the first and most important social institution because Spanish life in the colonies revolved around Catholicism The Churchs goal was to convert everyone presently living in the New World to Christianity This topic
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