- 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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Examples from the Web for mita
It was half an hour after sunset when the two friends arrived at Mita.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
Aude and Roland, less fortunate than Miton and Mita, were not yet married.
Miton was now thirty-two, Mita twenty-seven, and Mitaine eight.
Then Mita threw herself at the feet of her father and prayed him to spare the life of the Cheyenne.Deerfoot in The Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
Pisiris conspired with Mita, chief of the Mushki, and proclaimed his independence; but vengeance swiftly and surely overtook him.