The term mestizaje, taking as its root mestizo or mixed is the name in Spanish for general process of race mixture. In English the term is miscegenation.
To avoid confusion with the original usage of the term mestizo, mixed-race people started to be referred collectively as castas. During the colonial period, mestizos quickly became the majority group in much of what is today the Spanish-speaking parts of Latin America, and when the colonies started achieving independence from Spain, the mestizo group often became dominant. In some Latin American countries, such as Mexico, the concept of the “mestizo” became central to the formation of a new independent identity that was neither wholly Spanish nor wholly indigenous and the word mestizo acquired its current double meaning of mixed cultural heritage and descent.
In colonial Venezuela, pardo was more commonly used instead of mestizo. Pardo means being mixed without specifying which mixture;it was used to describe anyone born in the Americas whose ancestry was a mixture of European, Amerindian, and Black African.
In the Spanish system of racial hierarchy, the sistema de castas mestizos/pardos, who formed the majority, had fewer rights than the minority elite European-born persons called peninsulares, and the minority white colonial-born whites criollo, but more rights than the now minority indios, negro and mulato populations.
Considering that the majority of the Americas are now of Spanish culture (bull fights, siestas, Spanish language, and Catholic Church) and considering that the Jews were looking for a new homeland at the time of Marrano Jew Christopher Columbus, my next question would be who were the Conquistadors? Were they also Marrano Jews? Look at the pictures of Cortez and Pizzaro and see if they look Semitic or Jewish to you because to me, they sure do: