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Students of Color in Ecuador

Posted on October 14, 2020


The majority of Ecuadorians identify as Mestizo (approx 70%), a mix of AmerIndian and European descendancy. Smaller percentages of the population are dispersed between White, Afro-Ecuadorian (7.2% from 2010 census), and about 14 distinct Indigenous groups. Geographically-speaking, the Afro-Ecuadorian population mostly resides in the Coastal region, primarily in the province of Esmeraldas, where African slaves were originally brought over to work on the sugar plantations. In the Sierra region, the country’s Mestizo, White, and Sierra Indian populations are primarily located. Within the Oriente region, comprised mostly of the sparsely populated Amazon River Basin, reside the Oriente Indians. .

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