The title of “alcaide” (governor) encompassed a very wide set of competences related to military and civil jurisdiction, and in the beginning of the settlement these powers were entrusted to the Donatary Captains, who oversaw the military and customs matters and presided the emerging council chambers. As the general matters of security were entrusted to the captain, who then nominated the governors for the headquarters of the captaincy, when the municipalities began to be autonomous from the captains, it was only by the end of the fifteenth century that he assumed the name of governor-general.

Keywords: governor; captaincy; donatary; governor-general