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1    (=encargo)   charge, mission
2    (=elogio)   praise
3    (=protección)   protection
4    (=patrocinio)   patronage
5      (LAm)   (=almacén)   warehouse
6      (LAm)   (=paquete postal)   parcel  
  encomienda contra reembolso   parcel sent cash on delivery
7    encomiendas  
arcaico   regards, respects
8      (Hist)   colonial grant of land and native inhabitants to a settler   colonial grant of land and native inhabitants to a settler  
9      (Hist, Mil)   command   (of a military order)     
The encomienda was a repressive system fixing the Spanish conquistadors' entitlement to labour and tribute from Indian communities. Although the Indians theoretically remained free subjects of the Spanish Crown, in practice they were enslaved to the encomenderos (those having encomienda rights). One of its most celebrated opponents was the Dominican friar and former encomendero Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (1474-1566). In 1542, in response to protests from the Church, and fearful of the growing power of the encomenderos, Charles V brought in laws aimed at phasing out the system. The Spanish settlers rebelled, but the Crown held fast to the central principle that encomienda rights should not be hereditary.  
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"encomienda": examples and translations in context
A menudo se encomienda al mejor empleado el puesto del director operativo del proyecto. The best employee is often entrusted with the position of operative project manager.
En cambio, el poder judicial se encomienda a los tribunales nacionales. Judicial power is entrusted to the national courts.
El artículo 25 encomienda al SEPD dos funciones de supervisión: Article 25 entrusts the EDPS with two supervisory tasks:
El Foro Mundial se reúne oficialmente tres veces al año y encomienda a grupos especiales problemas específicos que deben resolverse urgentemente o requieren pericias especiales. The World Forum convenes officially three times per year and entrusts informal groups with specific problems that need to be solved urgently or that require special expertise.
La entrada y difusión de ese material se encomienda a entidades jurídicas registradas para realizar esas actividades. The entrance and dissemination of foreign publications and printed materials is entrusted to legal entities that are registered to perform such activities.
Guardias no terrestres, con la encomienda de vigilar... y proteger. Unearthly guardians, entrusted to both observe and protect.
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