Jun 11, 2012, 1:03 PM
Post #11 of 13
As to the prevalence of blue-eyes in Los Altos, that's been noted for centuries... I found some reference (that I never found again, sorry) that it was noticed by Aztecs, pre-conquest, so it may just be a genetic variable that's always been there. But Iberia is an extremely multi-cultural region, and it's as mix-n-match as Mexico... just a lot more Europeans, who never got along all that well with each other.
You need to remember that "Spain" as a political entity has only existed since 1492 with the conquest of Granada... and even then, Aragon, Castille (ruled by Visagoths since about 600 C.E.), Asturias, Navarre, etc. still had their own customs, rulers, languages for many years. Attempts to create a "Spanish" cultural hegemony only really started in the 19th century (after Latin American independence) and led to civil wars. Much of the resistance to Franco was from cultural minorities (like the Basques and Catalonians), one reason post-Francoist Spain has those regional governments.