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Local government in a captaincy without governor (São Paulo, 1748-1765)

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William de Andrade Funchal
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Franca. 2017-01-11.
Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais. Franca
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Advisor: Denise Aparecida Soares de Moura

The purpose of this study is to investigate the functioning of the São Paulo’s municipal council in the years 1748 to 1765, a period in which the captaincy was politically subordinate to the governor of Rio de Janeiro and the military governor of Santos. Based on the extensive literature on the subject, the initial hypothesis was that local governance would be positioned in favor of the Portuguese Crown decision to abolish the governor of the captaincy because of political and administrative reforms implemented in southcentral optimize the exploitation of mineral lands. The survey, however, revealed that the town council was against the suppression of autonomy, although this reaction has occurred only in the early years and end of that range. But the most significant change was the reorganization council’s dialogue with the royal bureaucracy, which ensured the basis of its governance. The survival of the city council institution and maintenance of its jurisdiction in a captaincy without governor contributed to prove its institutional force. On the other hand, research has shown that suppression governor can be better understood if linked to tensions between the Iberian crowns in defining their geographical beacons in America. To understand this unique moment in the history of the São Paulo’s city council, headquarters of a captaincy without administrative autonomy, it was made a retreat to the government for the period of D. Luís Mascarenhas (1739-1748) to define the political behavior of the council in the period with reference to this general relationship. As regarding the documentation were used especially administrative collections of municipal and letters exchanged between the royal authorities. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/23905-1 - Local government in a captaincy without governor (São Paulo, 1748-1765)
Grantee:William de Andrade Funchal
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master