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.
Word Origin and History for encomiendas
1810, from Spanish, "commission," from encomendar "to commit, charge." Estate granted to a Spaniard in America with powers to tax the Indians.