Swedish botanist developed a human classification system in 1735.
-Linnaeus's system is recognized as the first version of a modern classification scheme of human populations.
-Linnaeaus grouped human beings into four basic categories—Europaeus (serious & strong), Americanus (ill-tempered & subjugated), Asiaticus (Asians), and Africanus.
-Linnaeus assumed that each subgroup had qualities of behavior or temperament that were innate and could not be altered.
-Linnaeus acquired much of his data from the writings, descriptions, commentaries, and beliefs of plantation owners, missionaries, slave traders, explorers, and travelers.
-Linnaeus's classification scheme reflected the prejudices of Europeans that were prevalent at that time.