Sitio


By: Donald E. Chipman

Type: General Entry

Published: July 1, 1995


A sitio (from Spanish) is a space that is or can be occupied by something. In the Philippines the word denotes a subdivision of a barrio. The term was commonly used in Spanish Texas to designate parcels of land set aside for specific purposes, particularly in land grants. For example, a land grant known as a sitio de ganado mayor-a tract for raising horses, mules, and cattle-entailed the equivalent of 4,338 acres. See also LABOR.

Donald E. Chipman, Spanish Texas, 1519–1821 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992).
Time Periods:
  • Spanish Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Donald E. Chipman, “Sitio,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/sitio.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995

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