No #Indianslave or otherwise could be forced to carry a load of more than 100 lbs. To protect the supposedly "free" Indians employed in the mines, government officials were appointed to collect and distribute their wages. In some cases a #localpriest performed this duty.
The system set up by the new #colonialgovernment to run #thecolony was based on strong #municipalgovernments. Like other cities, native municipalities were also recognized as semi-autonomous units, with Indian officials handling local matters under the supervision of appointed Spaniards. Soon, ***#thedescendants of the #originalConquistadors began to demand the same kind **of land-grants received by their parents. **To protect the remaining** Indian villages from their #encroachment, the Viceroy now set up the #Ejido #system. It granted title to land to a tribe, a village, a clan or even an extended family. The land was designated to be used solely for agriculture. It could not be divided and sold by individual #Ejidoistas. This protection lasted until #1856, long after Mexico gained it's #Independence from Spain. Ironically, it was the Liberal Party, headed by #BenitoJuarez, himself an Indian, that destroyed the system. There can be little doubt that it was this system that slowed down the #enslavementoftheIndians