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

1720–30; American Spanish < Quechua mit'a literally, turn, time
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Examples from the Web for mita

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Days of Chivalry

    Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine

  • Miton was now thirty-two, Mita twenty-seven, and Mitaine eight.

    The Days of Chivalry

    Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine

  • Then Mita threw herself at the feet of her father and prayed him to spare the life of the Cheyenne.

  • Pisiris conspired with Mita, chief of the Mushki, and proclaimed his independence; but vengeance swiftly and surely overtook him.