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SITIO. 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).

Donald E. Chipman


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

Donald E. Chipman, "SITIO," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.