[en-koh-mee-en-duh, -kom-ee-; Spanish eng-kaw-myen-dah]
- the system, instituted in 1503, under which a Spanish soldier or colonist was granted a tract of land or a village together with its Indian inhabitants.
- the land or village together with its inhabitants.
Origin of encomienda
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Examples from the Web for encomienda
This was known as the system of Repartimiento, or Encomienda.The History of Cuba, vol. 1
Willis Fletcher Johnson
The encomienda of Taytay is inhabited by five hundred Indians.
Temanduque is also an encomienda, with five hundred Indians.
The encomienda of Maragondon, with four hundred and fifty men.
The said encomienda is instructed and visited with difficulty.
Word Origin and History for encomienda
1810, from Spanish, "commission," from encomendar "to commit, charge." Estate granted to a Spaniard in America with powers to tax the Indians.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper