encomienda

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encomienda

(ɛnˌkəʊmɪˈɛndə)
n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) history (in colonial Latin America) a large estate under the control of a Spaniard
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Even though tributaries were nominally men, women, children, and the old and infirm, they carried out most of the production of textiles for the ecomienda. Men produced textiles for sale in the market, which was fully integrated with no separate space for Indians and Spaniards.
Graubart notes how some women claimed to be cacicas building on notions of prehispanic "use and custom," and taking cues from female inheritance of ecomiendas. She concludes that the whole notion was a colonial construct useful to both Spanish and Indian created by manipulating genealogies, notarial documents, and tradition.