What is a repartimiento?

What is a repartimiento? Here are some definitions.

  1. (historical) A partition or distribution, especially of slaves.
  2. (historical) An assessment of taxes.
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Indigenous elites were an integral part of the repartimiento, often being recipients of large extensions of credit.
The forced repartimiento of native workers was made by an organization of feudal origin called encomienda.
A variant of the economienda system goes under the name of repartimiento or mita.
The repartimiento of 1514 accelerated emigration of the Spanish colonists, coupled with the exhaustion of the mines.
In a state frequently ravaged by drought, the acequia system operates a under repartimiento system in proportion to what the various groups of people in the system need.

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