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Os provimentos de ofícios: a questão da propriedade no Antigo Regime português

This article focuses on the offices of the Portuguese monarchy that were given as "property" in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Using different documental sources, the study intends to show which civil offices were provided by the king according to this property mode, and also its numerical expression in the administrative hierarchy. We examine the rights of office holders and their descendants in light of the usual definition of rules and practices. Finally, this paper assesses the proposed administrative changes in the political center in the second half of the eighteenth century, particularly the provision of civil offices in Portuguese America.

administration; Portuguese monarchy; property of offices; Ancien Regime; Portuguese America

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