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Officer on merchant ship who is in charge of cargo and the commercial concerns of the ship. From Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre- over (from Latin super-) + cargo cargo. In use since 1697. In 1818, Jean Lafitte appointed Jao de la Porta supercargo for the Karankawa Indian trade.
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