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The - Free And Not So Free, The Christian And Not So Christian

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Afroiberians, Amerindians and Judeoconversos came into contact throughout the Portuguese and Spanish empires. This chapter concentrates on Judeoconversos and Afroiberians who were not slaves, though, in truth, this does not mean that they were particularly free. Most of the material quoted derives from Inquisition sources. Many contestatory evocations of religious and racial loyalties between Black and Jewish New Christians came in a context brought into being by Iberian imperial expansionism. Afroiberians stood both outside and inside respectable Catholic society; outside by dint of their color, inside due to their religion. As Catholic residents in urban spheres, whether slave or free, for the most part they lived and circulated within the ranks of the plebian population. The motivations or pressures that forged Afroiberian denunciations of alleged judaizers did not differ significantly from those that led them to denounce other Afroiberians, or that led Judeoconversos to inform on other Judeoconversos.

Keywords: Afroiberians; Amerindians; Black; Catholic society; Christians; Inquisition sources; Judeoconversos



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