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Compare and contrast encomienda and mita.

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Both the encomienda and mita were forced labor systems with deep historical roots that underwent change during the Spanish Colonial era.

Prior to Spanish colonization, the mita system was established by the Incas so that all men between 15 and 50 years old worked for the government for two and half months a year. This ensured that each family had enough food for the year and enough time to complete their own endeavors. It was successful system in maintain the strength of the civilization and crucial to the growth of the infrastructure of the...

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