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.
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- noun historical A
contractor conventionbetween Spainand other powers for furnishing Negro slavesfor the Spanish dominionsin America, especially the contract made with Great Britainin 1713.
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These two men had been granted the assiento in Spain, that is, the privilege of furnishing the Spanish colonies with Negro slaves.
This fatal stroke to the British trade was in some measure remedied by the assiento contract, concluded at Madrid in 1722.
This contract was technically called in those days an _assiento_.
The assiento -- the treaty giving her exclusive right to supply the
Negotiations were set on foot, but their only result was the _assiento_ contract, or the privilege of supplying the colonies with negroes for thirty years, and of sending once a year a vessel, limited both as to tonnage and value of cargo, to trade with Mexico, Peru, or Chili.
Spain is not mentioned, but France answers for them, and that they shall give us a new assiento.
African company, and for the emoluments expected from the assiento contract), to fix upon America a vast negro population, torn from their homes and brought hither by force.
[Footnote 1: 'Bien como quien se engendrò en una carcel, donde toda incomodidad tiene su assiento, y todo triste ruido hace su habitacion.'