The encomienda and the optimizing imperialist: an interpretation of Spanish imperialism in the Americas

@article{Batchelder2013TheEA,
  title={The encomienda and the optimizing imperialist: an interpretation of Spanish imperialism in the Americas},
  author={Ronald W. Batchelder and Nicol{\'a}s S{\'a}nchez},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={2013},
  volume={156},
  pages={45-60}
}
During the conquest and early administration of Spain’s American colonies the most controversial policy was the granting of temporary encomiendas, or temporary rights to collect tribute from Indians, as a reward for conquest. The contribution of the encomienda to the destruction of Indian populations was recognized by Spanish authorities at the time, yet the Crown persisted in introducing the most destructive form of the institution during the early stage of each colonial venture for over 200… 

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