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A large estate or cattle ranch in Spanish America.

[Spanish, room, enclosure, country estate, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, something standing, from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]


(ɪˈstænsɪə; Spanish esˈtansia)
(in Spanish America) a large estate or cattle ranch
[C18: from American Spanish, from Spanish: dwelling, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a remaining, from Latin stāre to stand]


(ɛˈstɑn si ə)

n., pl. -cias.
(in Spanish America) a landed estate or a cattle ranch.
[1695–1705; < American Spanish; Sp: dwelling, sojourn < Vulgar Latin *stantia; see stance]
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Bill served in the Pacific during WWII - US Army Air Corps, belonged to American Legion and Moose Lodge, served on Board of Directors at Estancias, volunteered at Venice Hospital and as a member of Newcomers NOVA.
The company Estancias de Nativa Limitada submitted to the Environmental Technical Secretariat of Costa Rica (Setena) an Environmental Impact Study to build the second phase of NATIVA Resort, a luxury residential complex in a beach resort area 45 minutes from San Jose, located in Tarcoles, with panoramic views of Puntarenas.
Horse riding, hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing and other popular outdoor pursuits are popular and some estancias even have polo facilities.
Patagonia, Argentina--A new lamb processing facility is nearing completion here in southern Patagonia for Estancias de Patagonia.
Other day tours are possible to the beach resort of Punta del Este or to Estancias Gauchas, a working Uruguayan ranch.
Now, 12 estancias around Ibera offer tourists the chance to explore the wetland region on horseback with gauchos or by canoe.
Horacio Lacunza, head of tourism at the Argentine Consulate in London, says estancias could hold the key to a tourism boom.
But things are changing and estancias offer that authentic feel many tourists in Europe are looking for.
Since its introduction in the 1870s, sheep rearing has been a profitable staple of the Patagonian economy, spawning a rich vernacular of outhouses and barns (for storing and drying sheepskins) along with shepherd's bothies, stables, kennels and estancias.
In this context, the large landed units, the estancias, with better sheep stock, greater economies of scale, and easier access to capital attained advantages that made them more likely to survive than smaller sheep farms.
By one count, more than half the 1,200 estancias in Santa Cruz province, once Patagonia's main wool-producing region, have been abandoned, their picturesque main houses, or cascos, left to rot or vandalized by unemployed farm hands.
Instead, this Argentine estancia at the entrance to the Magellan Strait is making gains the way it has for more than a century, through hard work.