Its use is considered outdated and offensive.
After being born illegitimate, he became a shoemaker and privateer, ultimately one of the wealthiest men of the New World.
If born to slave mothers, however, this status did not overrule their being considered slaves, like , who was three-quarters white, and her children by Thomas Jefferson, who were seven-eighths white, and all born into slavery.
Brazilian population is characterized by a genetic background of three parental populations European, African, and Brazilian Native Amerindians with a wide degree and diverse patterns of admixture.
" However, southern colonies began to prohibit Indian slavery in the eighteenth century, so, according to their own laws, even mixed-race children born to Native American women should be considered free.
Godinho, Neide Maria de Oliveira 2008.