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The Captaincy General was a political body. According to historian Antonio Jimenez Estrella, of Department of Modern History and Latin at the University of Granada, Spain, "from the perspective of institutional history, of power and of power elites, the Captaincy General was, at least during the period the Mendoza (16th century), a body territorial, political, governmental and, to some extent, fiscal, endowed with powers that went far beyond military power that will be presupposed in principle". In the Spanish colonies in the Americas, much of the offices of war and military administration Grenadines were made heritage and, in some cases, disposed of, according to the interests of certain groups and local lineages who used and abused such charges as sources of power and enrichment. In the Spanish colonies of America, had several areas that were captain-general, and his governors were the Captain general.