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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which discusses the way in which a trio of dominated groups within the Spanish and Portuguese empires - Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians - perceived one another and interacted with each other. The book entails a series of chapters on textual moments and physical sites of interaction between members of these groups. The chapters of the book present an immanent view, exploring mostly statements and sentiments of members of these groups themselves. Though serving empire in different ways, though constituted in different ways as admixtures of the European Christian and the non European Other, both Judeoconversos and Afroiberians functioned as cultural and political intermediaries, taking advantage of their status for their own benefit but also suffering accordingly. From the perspective of Judeoconversos (if not Jews as well), Amerindians and Africans, the seventeenth century Atlantic remained all too monolithically Christian.

Keywords: Afroiberians; Amerindians; European Christian; Judeoconversos; Portuguese empires; seventeenth century Atlantic; Spanish empires

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