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  1. Captaincies of Brazil

    The Captaincies of Brazil (Portuguese: Capitanias do Brasil) were captaincies of the Portuguese Empire, administrative divisions and hereditary fiefs of Portugal in the colony of Terra de Santa Cruz, later called Brazil, on the Atlantic coast of northeastern South America. Each was granted to a single donee, a Portuguese nobleman who was given the title captain General. Beginning in the early 16th century, the Portuguese monarchy used proprietorships or captaincies—land grants with extensive governing privileges—as a tool to colonize new lands. Prior to the grants in Brazil, the captaincy system had been successfully used in territories claimed by Portugal—-notably including Madeira, the Azores, and other Atlantic islands. In contrast to the generally successful Atlantic captaincies, of all the captaincies of Brazil, only two, the captaincies of Pernambuco and São Vicente (later called São Paulo), are today considered to have been successful. For reasons varying from abandonment, defeat by aboriginal tribes, occupation of Northeast Brazil by the Dutch West India Company, and death of the donatário (lord proprietor) without an heir, all of the proprietorships (captaincies) eventually reverted to or were repurchased by the crown. They were effectively subsumed by the Governorates General and the States of Brazil and Maranhão starting in 1549, and the last of the privately granted captaincies reverted to the Crown in 1754. Their final boundaries in the latter half of the 18th century became the basis for the provinces of Brazil.


  1. Captaincies of Brazil

    The Captaincies of Brazil were the Administrative divisions and hereditary fiefs of the Portuguese state in some of its colonies. The most important captaincies of the Portuguese Empire were, in the colony of Terra de Santa Cruz, or Land of the Holy Cross. Each was delivered to a single capitão-mor, who was a Portuguese nobleman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of captaincies of brazil in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of captaincies of brazil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9


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