Also found in: Wikipedia.


n.1.See Donatory.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in periodicals archive ?
Mickael Augeron and Laurent Vidal, writing on the sixteenth-century Portuguese donatary captaincies in Brazil, argue that the use of captaincies helped secure the Portuguese settlement of Brazil because the crown would not have been able to provide the long-term involvement that elite men and their families provided.
In sum, this was called donatary captaincy, and it started around 1533 in that part of the world.
Failure of the donatary system led Dom Joao III to impose crown rule in the person of Tome de Sousa as captain of the captaincy of Bahia and governor of Brazil.
For Madeira, the Azores, Cape Verdes, Sao Tome, Brazil and Angola, the crown adopted the donatary system, but instructions to lords-proprietors reveal differences attributable in part to the discrete nature of each region.
After the death of Novais (1589), the donatary was terminated and a governor-general appointed.
(41) The implementation of the donatary system was unsuccessful other than in the captaincies of Sao Vicente and Pernambuco whose success--apart from the administrative skills of the respective lords-proprietor--may have owed much to a prior Portuguese demographic presence and trading posts.
(6) See Francisco Bethencourt, "As Capitanias," in Francisco Bethencourt and Kirti Chaudhuri, eds., Historia da expansao portuguesa (Lisbon: Circulo de Leitores, 1998), 1 (A formacao do imperio (1415-1570)): 345-52, for a closely argued analysis of the historiography on donatary captaincies).