Viceroyalty

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The viceroyalty was a local, political, social, and administrative institution, created by the Spanish monarchy in the 15th century, for ruling in its territorial overseas territories.[1]

The administration over the vast territories of the Spanish Empire was carried out by viceroys, who became governors of an area, which was considered not as a colony but as a province of the empire, with the same rights as any other province in Peninsular Spain.[2]

In the scope of the Portuguese Empire, the term "Viceroyalty of Brazil" is also occasionally used to designate the colonial State of Brazil, in the historic period while its governors had the title of "Viceroy".

Spain[edit]

The Spanish Americas had four viceroyalties:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "viceroyalty". The Free Dictionary. 
  2. ^ Madariaga, Salvador de (1986). El auge y el ocaso del imperio español en América (Tercera ed.). Madrid: Espasa-Calpe. ISBN 9788423949434.