What kinds of racial and social hierarchies existed in Colonial Spanish and Portuguese America? How did they change, if at all over time?
Some of the hierarchies that existed were race-based with the Mestizo societies ruling. There were mixed races where the whites were on top and ruled the whole state. This changed after various patriarchal ideas were brought about by commoners who came to America. Read more on http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?ParagraphID=nmq.