Definition of viceroyalty in English:


(also Viceroyalty)


  • 1The office, position, or authority of a viceroy.

    • ‘The viceroyalty's territory was vast and included what is now Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay and parts of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile.’
    • ‘Beginning in the second half of the eighteenth century, the population in the Peruvian viceroyalty began to slowly increase after epidemics brought by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century had killed thousands of people.’
    • ‘The authors explain how the Bourbon reforms of the late eighteenth century transformed the viceroyalty of New Spain into one of the most efficient tax regimes in colonial history.’
    • ‘With the establishment of the Spanish viceroyalties, the era of European colonization began.’
    • ‘Spain ruled Peru as a viceroyalty for nearly 300 years after the conquest and regarded it more or less as a huge mine that existed to fill the crown's coffers.’
    • ‘Most cases in our sample occurred in the rural areas of Santa Fe / Mariquita and Tunja / Pamplona, the viceroyalty's central and northeastern provinces and two of its most densely populated regions.’
    • ‘This grandeur was the legacy of the ‘enlightened despotism’ of the viceroyalty.’
    • ‘From 1942 Eden was Churchill's designated successor, but his distaste for party politics made him consider seriously Churchill's offer of the Indian viceroyalty.’
    • ‘The viceroyalty established at Lima in 1542 initially had jurisdiction over all of South America except Portuguese Brazil.’
    1. 1.1 A territory governed by a viceroy.
      • ‘Spain quickly established the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, claimed all native gold and silver mines, and forced Indians to work them.’
      • ‘Despite its modest size and the irregular temporal, spatial, and ethnic distribution of the cases, the sample represents more than 70% of spousal murders that occurred in the viceroyalty at the time.’
      • ‘Buenos Aires, capital of a viceroyalty established in 1776, came into its own during the 19th century as the centre of music publishing, opera, and concert life in Spanish South America.’
      • ‘More than 21% of all assaults reported in the viceroyalty were cases of wife-beating (58 cases in a sample of 275 crimes).’
      • ‘Ecuador was part of the viceroyalty of Peru, and the Inca Atahualpa had his capital in Quito.’
      • ‘In May 1735, a team of 10 scientists left for the Andean town of Quito, in the viceroyalty of Peru, a Spanish colonial possession that encompassed most of South America.’
      • ‘Until 1720 Ecuador was a section of the viceroyalty of Peru; after that date, it was grouped with what is now Colombia in the viceroyalty of New Granada.’
      • ‘The poverty-stricken viceroyalty of Sardinia contributed little, Sicily somewhat more; most of the burden fell on Naples.’
      • ‘In the process, he makes a vigorous case for what he calls the ‘aggressive modernity’ of the Baroque culture of the Spanish-American viceroyalties.’
      • ‘The name Peru was pervasive during the colonial period and was used to denominate the larger sections of the powerful viceroyalty of Lima.’
      • ‘During the colonial period, in this Spanish American region then called the viceroyalty of New Granada, women suffered repeated verbal and physical abuse, sometimes culminating in murder, at the hands of their spouses.’
      • ‘Then came the exposure of the population to the threat of piracy, a scourge which the Spanish tried to counteract throughout their viceroyalties with fortifications.’
      • ‘However, when the Spanish authorities realised what was happening, they declared the entire area of what is now Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia as a viceroyalty, and made Buenos Aires the capital.’
      • ‘In 1776 Argentina was incorporated into the viceroyalty of La Plata, with its capital in Buenos Aires; in addition to Argentina, the viceroyalty of La Plata comprised Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.’