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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.


assiento ‎(plural assientos or assientoes)

  1. (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.

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