Margarita Province

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1840 map by Agostino Codazzi.

Margarita Province (1525 - 1864) was one of the provinces of the Spanish Empire, then one of the provinces of Gran Colombia, and later one of the Provinces of Venezuela. In Gran Colombia it belonged to the Orinoco Department which was created in 1824. With the creation of the States of Venezuela in 1864 it became Nueva Esparta.

Divisions[edit]

The Province was named for its most important part, Isla Margarita.

Capital: Asunción.

Cantons:

Governors[edit]

A partial list of governors:

Term Governor Notes and sources
1595 Francisco Gutiérrez Flores [1]
1619-1626 Andrés Rodríguez Villegas Governor and captain-general[2]
1626-1630 Garcia Álvarez de Figueroa [2][3]
1630-1638 Juan de Eulate Governor from 1630 to 1638 before retiring to Spain.[4]
1638-1642 Juan Luis de Camarena Governor from 18 February 1638 until 1642. Died in office.[5]
1643-1649 Francisco de Santillán y Argote Governor from 13 April 1643 to 23 March 1649.[5]
Fernando de Mendoza Mate de Luna Followed Santillán y Argote[5]
1668-1671 Martin de Tellerfa [6]
1671-1676 Francisco Mejía y Alarcón Appointed governor of Margarita in January 1672.[7]
1676-1681 Juan Muñoz Gadea Appointed governor on 25 November 1676.[8]
1681-1683 Juan Fermín de Huidobro
1683-1685 Juan Muñoz Gadea Second term
1686-1688 Martín Cabeza de Vaca [6]
1688-1690 Sancho de Zapata de Mendoza [6]
1692-1699 José Leoz y Echalaz [6]
1699-1706 Diego Suinaga y Orbea Appointed governor in 1699[9][6]
1713-1718 Diego Antonio de Molina Miñano Nombrado Gobernador y Capitán General 23 August 1712, tomó posesión ele 11 October 1713. Cesó en enel cargo October 1718.[10]
1718-1723 José Arias Fue Gobernador y Capitán General del 26 Junio 1717 a 2 octubre 1723.[11]
1724- Juan de Vera y Fajardo Nombrado Gobernador y Capitán General el 1 June 1724[12]
1746-1750 José Longar y Cobián [6]
1750-1756 Joaquín Moreno de Mendoza [6]
1757-1764 Alonso de Rio y Castro [6]
1764-1776 José de Matos y Rabel [6]
1776-1785 Félix Francisco Bejarano [6]
1785-1792 Miguel González Dávila [6]
1793-1796 Juan de Dios Valdés de Yarza [6]

References[edit]

Citations

Sources

[12]Archivo General de Indias, CONTRATACIÓN, 5469, Nº 2, R54

Coordinates: 11°02′N 63°51′W / 11.033°N 63.850°W / 11.033; -63.850