noun, plural en·co·mi·en·das [en-koh-mee-en-duh z, -kom-ee-; Spanish eng-kaw-myen-dahs] /ɛnˌkoʊ miˈɛn dəz, -ˌkɒm i-; Spanish ˌɛŋ kɔˈmyɛn dɑs/. (formerly in Spanish America)
Examples from the Web for encomiendas
The practice of these islands is that one of the two encomiendas is vacated.
His Majesty has Page 134thirty-one encomiendas in the said provinces.
He was made governor and alguacil-mayor "for two lives," with a salary of 20,000 pesos and two encomiendas for himself.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
Encomenderos were to be protected by the audiencia in the possession of their encomiendas.The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies|Charles Henry Cunningham
A memorandum of encomiendas and villages explored lately, with an account of the discovery of Tuy, accompanies this letter.