is a Castilian
or Spanish Medieval
administrative term that refers to a country subdivision
smaller than a province
but larger than a municipality
. It can roughly approximate the English county
. The officer in charge was called Merino
which may be related or not to the sheep race
of the same name.
It was used in the kingdoms of Castile
Connected to the birth of Castile the Merindades
of the province of Burgos were part of the creation of the administrative division by Pedro I and still use this term.
Currently the Foral Community of Navarre
keeps the merindad
as a historical division.
Administratively they have been substituted by the partido judicial
, the mancomunidades comarcales
keep the place of the old merindades, such as Duranguesado