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  1. Peninsulars

    In the colonial caste system of Spanish America and Spanish Philippines, a peninsular was a Spanish-born Spaniard or mainland Spaniard residing in the New World or the Spanish East Indies, as opposed to a person of full Spanish descent born in the Americas or Philippines, who were known as creoles. The word "peninsular" makes reference to the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, where Spain is located. Higher offices in the Americas and Philippines were held by peninsulares. Apart from the distinction of peninsulares from criollos, the castas system distinguished also mestizos, mulatos, indios, zambos and finally blacks. In some places and times, such as during the wars of independence, peninsulares were called deprecatively godos, or in Mexico, gachupines or gauchos. Colonial officials at the highest levels arrived from Spain to fulfill their duty to govern Spanish colonies in Latin America and the Philippines. Often, the peninsulares possessed large quantities of land. They defended Cádiz's monopoly on trade, upsetting the criollos, who turned to contraband with British and French colonies, especially in areas away from the main ports of call for the Flota de Indias. They worked to preserve Spanish power and acted as agents of patrol, in certain cases.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peninsulars in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peninsulars in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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