Nôva Granada

Culture & Languages

New Granada people have a diversity of origins, culturally, linguistically and racially.

Three main races form the New Granadians: the indians, as the native inhabitants of the Americas, the whites from Europe, and  the blacks from Africa, but each of this main color groups are composed from a diversity of etnicities combined through mestizage.

There are many indian groups, like the Chibcha around Santa Fe, the Quichua in the South, the Paez, the Embera, the Kuna and the Waiyuu, conserving their languages and many traditional elements.

The main language is, however, the Castilian, spoken by the mix-blooded and white majorities, and the official language of the Kingdom.

Most of the white people have come from Castile proper, but there have also been some immigration from other European countries, either via Castile or directly to the Americas.  The Castilians are, however, far from a monolitic ethnicity.   Prerroman people like the Basques and the Iberians, the Romans, Germanic tribes like the Visigoths and the Moors are part of the strokes in the blood of those Castilians that came to the New Kingdom.

The blacks were brought as slaves to mine the ores and harvest the plantations.  The white masters tryed to break their original cultures, baptizing them and forbidding them to speak their African languages.  A few elements, however, of their original cultures arrived to the Americas, like the music and the santeria.  Santería and Voodoo are not as strong in New Granada as there are in Florida-Caribbea, Hayti or Louissiane, but it exists combined and competing the indian shamanism.

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