Spanish Sea: The Gulf of Mexico in North American Discovery, 1500-1685

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Glossary
adelantado: title given founders and early governors of new Spanish colonies
alcaide: governor of a castle or fort; jailer or warden
alcalde mayor: the chief executive of a district administered from a principal town, with both political and judicial authority
alcalde ordinario: an officer of municipal authority, specifically a magistrate
alférez: military rank equating with second lieutenant or ensign; subaltern
alguacil mayor: chief constable
almiranta: the admiral's flagship, second command vessel of the fleet to the capitana
Armada de Barlovento: "The Windward Squadron," or fleet of armed ships assigned to protect the Spanish colonies in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, directed principally against privateers and pirates
asiento: a word of many meanings, used herein to designate a particular kind of contract
audiencia: an administrative and judicial tribunal presided over by the viceroy (if sited in the capital of the viceroyalty) or the provincial governor
bark (barca): a small ship of the type used for fishing; not to be confused with barco, a word applied to every floating craft or whatever size or purpose
bohío: Indian house or lodge; an Arawak word often applied also to native dwellings in other localities
brigantine (bergantin): a small two-masted vessel with a square sail

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