mita

[ mee-tuh ]
/ ˈmi tə /

noun

a colonial system in Peru by which the Spanish government required Indians to perform periodic forced labor, especially in the mines.

Origin of mita

1720–30; American Spanish < Quechua mit'a literally, turn, time
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