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The Governors of Colonial Spanish Florida, 1565-1763

Compiled by John E. Worth (1988-2007)

The following list includes data I have compiled regarding the official terms of the governors of colonial Spanish Florida, including royally-appointed governors (in bold) and interim governors (in regular type).  No subordinate lieutenant governors are included in this list, though many are known to have governed during the temporary absence of the primary office-holder, or as provincial lieutenants in the various mission provinces.  Dates of appointment are not included, though dates of installation and succession or death are provided to the level of specificity currently known.  This information was compiled from a multiplicity of sources, initially based on published lists and then substantially revised over the course of many years based on information contained in a variety of primary documents.


Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (September 8, 1565-September 17, 1574)

Diego de Velasco (September 17, 1574-February 24, 1576)

Hernando de Miranda (February 24-September 5, 1576)

Gutierre de Miranda (September 5, 1576-1577)

Pedro Menéndez Márquez (1577-July 9, 1594)

Domingo Martínez de Avendaño (July 9, 1594-November 24, 1595)

Alonso de las Alas, Bartolomé de Argüelles, and Juan Menéndez Márquez (November 24, 1595-June 2, 1597)

Gonzalo Méndez de Canzo (June 2, 1597-October 20, 1603)

Pedro de Ybarra (October 20, 1603-1610)

Juan Fernández de Olivera (1610-November 23, 1612)

Juan de Arraçola and Joseph de Olivera (November 23, 1612-1613)

Juan de Trevino Guillamas (1613-August 2, 1618)

Juan de Salinas (August 2, 1618-October 28, 1624)

Luís de Rojas y Borja (October 28, 1624-June 23, 1630)

Andrés Rodríguez de Villegas (June 23, 1630-September 21, 1631)

Nicolás Ponce de León and Eugenio de Espinosa (September 21, 1631-July 29, 1633)

Luís de Horruytiner (July 29, 1633-November 26, 1638)

Damián de Vega, Castro, y Pardo (November 26, 1638-April 10,1645)
 
Benito Ruíz de Salazar Vallecilla (April 10, 1645-April 11, 1646)

Francisco Menéndez Márquez and Pedro Benedit Horruytiner (April 11, 1646-January 8, 1648)

Benito Ruíz de Salazar Vallecilla
(January 8, 1648-May 14, 1651)

Nicolás Ponce de León (May 14-October 19, 1651)

Pedro Benedit Horruytiner (October 19, 1651-June 18, 1654)

Diego de Rebolledo y Suárez de Aponte (June 18, 1654-February 20, 1659)

Alonso de Aranguiz y Cotes (February 20, 1659-November 2, 1663)

Nicolás Ponce de León (November 2, 1663-December 30, 1664)

Francisco de la Guerra y de la Vega (December 30, 1664-July 6, 1671)

Manuel de Cendoya (July 6, 1671-July 8, 1673)

Nicolás Ponce de León (July 8, 1673-May 3, 1675)

Pablo de Hita Salazar (May 3, 1675-September 28, 1680)

Juan Márquez Cabrera (September 28, 1680-April 11, 1687)

Pedro de Aranda y Avellaneda (April 11-August 20, 1687)

Diego de Quiroga y Losada (August 20, 1687-September 21, 1693)

Laureano de Torres y Ayala (September 21, 1693-1699)

Joseph de Zuñiga y Cerda (1699-April 9, 1706)

Francisco de Corcoles y Martínez (April 9, 1706-July 13, 1716)

Pedro de Olivera y Fullana (July 13-October 30, 1716)

Juan de Ayala Escobar (October 30, 1716-August 3, 1718)

Antonio de Benavides, Bazan, y Molina (August 3, 1718-May 21, 1734)

Francisco del Moral Sanchez (May 21, 1734-March 12, 1737)

Manuel Joseph de Justís (March 12-September 11, 1737)

Manuel de Montiano (September 11, 1737-August 8, 1749)

Melchor de Navarrete (August 8, 1749-June 3, 1752)

Fulgencio García de Solís (June 3, 1752-April 18, 1755)

Alonso Fernández de Heredia (April 18, 1755-April 21, 1758)

Lúcas Fernando de Palacio y Valenzuela (April 21, 1758-December 6, 1761)

Alonso de Cárdenas (December 7, 1761-March 20, 1762)

Melchor Feliú (March 20, 1762-July 27, 1763)

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