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Ethnic group
Population date79,000,000
42.6% of Brazil's population
Significant populationsEntire country; highest percents found in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil.

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In Brazil, Pardo (-ptˈpaʁdu) is a race/colour category used by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Brazilian censuses. The word is Portuguese for "brown", "grey-brown" or "the color of the manila". The other categories are branco ("White"), preto ("Black"), amarelo ("yellow", meaning East Asians), and indígena ("indigenous", meaning Amerindians).

Pardo was also a casta classification used in Colonial Spanish America from the 16th to 18th centuries, and was used to classify a racially mixed individual who did not fall within the racially mixed categories (castes) of Mulatto, Zambo, or Mestizo because a Pardo is a mixture of all 3 colonial races - White, Black, and Amerindian - and not a mix of just 2 races. The term Pardo was used primarily in small areas of Spanish America whose economy was based on African Slavery during Spain's colonial period.

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