variants or assiento
plural -s
: a contract or convention between Spain and another power or company or individual for furnishing slaves for the Spanish dominions in America

Word History


Spanish asiento seat, meeting place of a tribunal, treaty, contract, from asentar to seat, make an agreement, from a- (from Latin ad-) + sentar to seat

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“Asiento.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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