Ecuadorian sex date strengths and limitations of radiocarbon dating
Mestizos constitute more than 70% of the population.
Afro-Ecuadorians make up most of the balance of the percentage and include mulattos (mixed European and sub-Saharan African) and zambos (mixed indigenous and sub-Saharan African).
Indians formed the bulk of the Sierra rural populace, although mestizos filled this role in the areas with few Indians.
Most blacks lived in Esmeraldas Province, with small enclaves found in the Carchi and Imbabura provinces.
Her review depicts this hierarchy as a consequence of colonial attitudes and of the terminology of colonial legal distinctions.
Spanish-born persons residing in the New World (peninsulares) were at the top of the social hierarchy, followed by criollos, born of two Spanish parents in the colonies.