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encomienda (n.)

"estate granted to a Spaniard in America with powers to tax the Indians," 1810, from Spanish, literally "commission," from or related to encomendar "to commit, charge," from assimilated form of Latin in- "in" (from PIE root *en "in") + Medieval Latin commendam, from Latin commendare "commit to one's care, commend" (see commend).