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corregidor

[kuh-reg-i-dawr, -dohr; Spanish kawr-re-hee-th awr] /kəˈrɛg ɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr; Spanish kɔrˌrɛ hiˈðɔr/
noun, plural corregidors, corregidores
[kuh-reg-i-dawr-eez, -dohr-; Spanish kawr-re-hee-th aw-res] /kəˈrɛg ɪˈdɔr iz, -ˈdoʊr-; Spanish kɔrˌrɛ hiˈðɔ rɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the chief magistrate of a town in Spain.
2.
History/Historical.
  1. a minor administrative unit.
  2. the chief officer of such a district.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Spanish, derivative of corregir to correct

Corregidor

[kuh-reg-i-dawr, -dohr; Spanish kawr-re-hee-th awr] /kəˈrɛg ɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr; Spanish kɔrˌrɛ hiˈðɔr/
noun
1.
an island in Manila Bay, in the Philippines: U.S. forces defeated by the Japanese in May, 1942. 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
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Corregidor

/kəˈrɛɡɪˌdɔː/
noun
1.
an island at the entrance to Manila Bay, in the Philippines: site of the defeat of American forces by the Japanese (1942) in World War II
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Encyclopedia Article for corregidor

(Spanish: "magistrate," literally "corrector"), Spanish government official, first appointed by King Alfonso XI of Castile in the 14th century and later extended to Spanish colonies in America. The corregidores were administrators of cities and districts with both administrative and judicial powers. The Catholic Monarchs used them wherever local potentates tended to override the electoral process, and corregidores served to strengthen royal authority rather than revive local responsibility. They were replaced in the mid-18th century by alcaldes mayores ("mayors"). In Spanish America the corregidor de Indios was the magistrate who ruled Indian communities, generally obtaining his post by purchase and often regarded as oppressive. Pedro Antonio de Alarcon's El sombrero de tres picos ("The Three-Cornered Hat"), a novel published in 1874, satirized the overbearing and intriguing official.

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