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The Viceroyalty was a local, political, social and administrative institution created by The Spanish Monarchy in the XV 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 a province of that empire that had the same rights as any other province in The Metropoli itself.[2]

Viceroyalty of Peru 1542


The Spanish Americas consisted of four viceroyalties.


  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.