sea governor

The title of “alcaide” (governor) encompassed a very wide set of competences related to the military, local power, customs and tax authority, the latter being the domain of the sea governor. The creation of the position of “sea governor, representative of the Treasury and royal tax officer” goes back to the mid sixteenth century, with the purpose of controlling the complex area of connection between the Fuchal Customs and Treasury with the maritime traffic of the bay. This position also appears in the Santa Cruz Customs, in captaincy of Machico, between the late sixteenth century and the late seventeenth century, when it was discontinued, and in Porto Santo, in the mid seventeenth century.

Keywords: governor; Customs; tax jurisdiction; Funchal Treasury; maritime traffic; ports