Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in by Roper, L.H. (ed.), Ruymbeke, B. Van (ed.), L. H. Roper, B.

By Roper, L.H. (ed.), Ruymbeke, B. Van (ed.), L. H. Roper, B. Van

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Leite Cordeiro, Braz Cubas. Braz Cubas would be named provedor of the captaincy of São Vicente in 1551, participate in defending the newly founded vila of São Paulo (1554), help build Río near Estácio de Sá, fight the Tamoio Indians at Cabo Frio in 1575, and mobilize against the incursions of the English pirate Fenton in 1583. 32 mickaël augeron and laurent vidal 40 on the island of Guaimbém. In Itamaracá, from which the French had been chased by Pêro de Sousa, the context was no more favorable.

Their selection was most certainly not innocent because, besides loyalty, these men possessed real skills in financial matters (administrative and financial management), personal networks, and perfect knowledge of economic and administrative mechanisms. These things would certainly help them to confront and resolve the financing or provisioning problems inherent in their new mission and to administer the lands entrusted to them rationally, thereby ensuring the success of the colonizing enterprise.

In 1534, a nef cost 25,000 cruzados. Equipping and arming it was another 50,000 cruzados. To finance such expeditions, many grantees had to sell their property and borrow some of the necessary funds. 26 Jorge de Figueiredo Correia, donatary captain of Ilhéus, departed in October 1535 with three nefs and 250 men (an estimated investment of more than 200,000 cruzados). Vasco Fernandes Coutinho (Espírito Santo) not only sold everything he owned, but also contracted debts in order to fit out a single ship.

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