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.
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How to use encomienda in a sentence
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If he has an encomienda, in addition to this, as your Majesty has been informed, it is a very small one.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 | Emma Helen Blair
He had come to the Indies as a layman, had held an encomienda after becoming a priest, but in 1514 had renounced it.The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
Hundreds of monasteries had been established, especially wherever there were Indians in encomienda.The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
As, pues, haz testamento en dos minutos y encomienda el alma en otros dos.Novelas Cortas | Pedro Antonio de Alarcn
No relative of the president or of an oidor could be appointed legally to a corregidor-ship or to an encomienda.The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies | Charles Henry Cunningham