Director (colonial)

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The title director has been used in colonial administrations not only as a bureaucratic rank and for the members of a board of directors, but also specifically, as in this article, for the head of the colonial administration of a territory (e.g. protectorate) under indirect rule by a chartered company, functionally equivalent to a governor.

Elsewhere, the same function went by the -in principle higher- title director-general, as in Demerara-Essequibo (Dutch Guyana).

British colonies[edit]

Other colonial powers[edit]

Director, or rather its equivalent in the colonizer's language, was similarly used elsewhere:

  • Directeur, in Caribbean possessions under Dutch WIC (West India Company) administration:
    • Aruba 1833 - 1848 only three incuments, the first having been the last Commandeur, the last becoming the first gezaghebber
    • Curaçao 1634 - 1792 and once more 1828 - 1833 (Isaäk Johannes Rammelman Elsevier), at other times various other titles were in use, mostly Governor
  • Directeur of Dutch Bengal (a few factories in Dutch India), from 1635 (till 1655 however filled by the governors of Coromandel) till the 1795 annexed to British India

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