The mestizos are of mixed Spanish and Indian blood.
Although Chileans claim a comparatively small admixture with the native races, it is estimated that the whites and creoles of white extraction do not exceed 30 to 40% of the population, while the mestizos form fully 60%.
The mestizos (486,018) are less numerous than the Indians, but outnumber the whites by more than two to one.
It has been said of the mestizos elsewhere that they inherit the vices of both races and the virtues of neither.
It may be that education and experience will develop the mestizos into a vigorous progressive nationality, but the first century of self-government can hardly be said to have given much promise of such a result.