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intendente

royal official appointed by the 18th-century kings of the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. Modeled after the French intendants, the intendentes were to serve as instruments of royal centralization and administrative reform but were frequently resisted as conflicting with local privileges. In the Spanish colonies the system was imposed in Cuba (1765) after the brief British occupation of Havana. After the creation of the new viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, the system was applied throughout that area, which was initially divided into eight intendencies (intendencias) from Buenos Aires to Potosi (1782). The intendente system was subsequently applied in other Spanish colonies, such as Peru, Chile, and New Spain

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