(a loanword from Spanish)
a Spanish surname; the name carried by a "doctor" (and "oydor" or judge of the high court, the "Real Audiencia") in sixteenth-century New Spain, don Alonzo de Zorita, 1548–1556
Zorita sent Lucas García, juez de residencia, to take information about a land struggle from witnesses in the neighborhood of San Sebastián in Mexico City in 1558. This was a conflict between indigenous residents over land that once pertained to a man named Atlixeliuhqui. The juez was probably also indigenous.