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(Span.) was a system for the exploitation of Latin American Indians as workers. It stipulated that the communities must provide a certain number of workers annually, who then carried out work for the Spanish over a legally defined period of time. Often used as a synonym of encomienda, repartimiento actually refers to a distinct form of compulsory labor. Repartimientos for the performance of personal services existed before the system of encomiendas was established and continued to exist after its introduction.


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Martins, Maria Cristina Bohn, “Repartimiento”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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