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220. out and distributed to twelve donataries, or grantees (see table 1 and map, p. 20). Note that from the time the instructions were given in 1532 to that of the actual grants starting in 1534, the project was clearly reoriented, extending north as far as the southern mouth of the Amazon and excluding the basin of La Plata to the south. As for the theoretical dimensions of the lots (50 leagues), they were not respected, and it is unclear what geographical parameters were used for the division of the land.

The failure of most of these captaincies was tangible. A number of captains failed to colonize them;46 such was the case of the two donatarial grants made to João de Barros (Pará and Río Grande do Norte). After the shipwreck of his co-grantee and a great number of colonists, the finances of João de Barros were definitively impaired, due particularly to the pensions paid to families of the victims47 and the non-amortized costs of the expedition. His heir, Jerônimo de Barros, would finally sell his captaincy of Pará back to the crown in 1580.

43 For example, the conflicts between Duarte Coelho (Pernambuco) and Pêro Lopes’ representative in the captaincy of Itamaracá, Lieutenant Francisco de Braga; Couto, A construção do Brasil, p. 226. 44 mickaël augeron and laurent vidal with the pressures placed on the king by some of the grantees themselves, anxious to obtain crown support because incapable of making the many financial investments needed to develop and control the territory. Indian attacks, sometimes instigated by the French, were incessant and rendered the local situation perilous and uncertain.

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