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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Formerly, an exclusive contract made by Spain with foreign powers or merchants for the supply of African slaves to its American possessions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A contract or convention between Spain and other powers for furnishing negro slaves for the Spanish dominions in America, esp. the contract made with Great Britain in 1713.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical A contract or convention between Spain and other powers for furnishing Negro slaves for the Spanish dominions in America, especially the contract made with Great Britain in 1713.

Etymologies

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Spanish asiento seat, contract or agreement, from asentar to place on a chair, to adjust, to make an agreement; a (Latin ad) + sentar, a participial verb; as if there were a Latin sedentare to cause to sit, from sedens, sedentis.

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