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Governorate General of Bahia

Governorate General of Bahia
Governo-Geral da Bahia
Colonial State of the Portuguese Empire

1572 - 1578
1607 - 1613

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Capital São Salvador
Languages Portuguese
Religion Roman Catholicism
Government Monarchy
 -  1572 - 1578 Sebastian I
 -  1607 - 1613 Philip II
Governor General
 -  1572 - 1578 Luís de Brito e Almeida
 -  1607 - 1613 Lourenço da Veiga
 -  Established 1572
 -  Disestablished 1613
Currency Portuguese Real

The Governorate General of Bahia (Portuguese: Governo-Geral da Bahia) was a colonial administration of the Portuguese Empire.


In 1534, John III of Portugal started granting land rights to colonize Portuguese territory in South America, they were the Captaincy Colonies of Brazil. These fifteen autonomous and separate colonies were, for the most part, a failure administratively, and thus economically.

In 1549, in order to solve the governance problem of his South American colonies, John III established the Governorate General of Brazil.[1] The governorate united the fifteen colonies into a single colony, but each captaincy would continue to exist as a provincial administrative unit of the governorate.

In 1572, in order to establish a stronger and more capable military presence in the continent, the governorate was dismantled into two separate colonies, the Governorate General of Bahia, which encompassed the northern part, and the Governorate General of Rio de Janeiro, which took the south.

In 1578, the governorate was reestablished from the governorates of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. This second Governorate General of Brazil would be once again partitioned into the two separate colonies, in 1607.

Finally in 1613, the Governorate General of Rio de Janeiro and the Governorate General of Bahia merged to form the third, and final, Governorate General of Brazil.


  1. ^ Governo Geral

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