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  title={Contested Mestizos, Alleged Mulattos: Racial Identity and Caste Hierarchy in Eighteenth Century P{\'a}tzcuaro, Mexico*},
  author={Aaron Peter Althouse},
  journal={The Americas},
  pages={151 - 175}
Late one December afternoon in 1731, Antonio Méndes and his friend Joseph Miguel de Alcaras made their way through the west central Mexican city of Pátzcuaro toward the plaza mayor. Their course took them past the house of the Spaniard don Vacilio Botello Mobellán. There, don Vacilio called out to Antonio and Joseph, inquiring after a harness and several other items he said Alcaras had borrowed from him and not yet returned. According to Don Vacilio, he presented his request jovially, but… 

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