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List of governors of Jamaica

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This is a list of viceroys in Jamaica from its initial occupation by Spain in 1509, to its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. For a list of viceroys after independence, see Governor-General of Jamaica. For context, see History of Jamaica.

Spanish Governors of Santiago (1510–1660)

Jamaica was claimed for Spain in 1494 when Christopher Columbus first landed on the island. Spain began occupying the island in 1509, naming it Santiago. The second governor, Francisco de Garay, established Villa de la Vega, now known as Spanish Town, as his capital.

  • Juan de Esquivel, 1510–1514
  • Francisco de Garay, 1514–1523
  • Pedro de Mazuelo, 1523–1526
  • Juan de Mendegurren, 1526–1527
  • Santino de Raza, 1527–1531
  • Gonzalo de Guzman, ?–1532
  • Manuel de Rojas, 1532–?, first time
  • Gil González Dávila, 1533?–1534?
  • Manuel de Rojas, 1536–?, second time
  • Pedro Cano, 1539?, first time
  • Francisco de Pina, 1544?
  • Juan González de Hinojosa, 1556?
  • Pedro Cano, 1558?, second time
  • Blas de Melo, 1565?
  • Juan de Gaudiel, 1567?–1572?
  • Hernán Manrique de Rojas, 1575?
  • Iñigo Fuentes, ?–1577
  • Rodrigo Núñez de la Peña, 1577–1578
  • Lucas del Valle Alvarado, 1578–1583?, first time
  • Diego Fernández de Mercado, 1586?
  • Lucas del Valle Alvarado, 1591?, second time
  • García del Valle, 1596?
  • Fernando Melgarejo Córdoba, 1596–1606
  • Alonso de Miranda, 1607–1611
  • Pedro Espejo Barranco, 1611–1614
  • Andrés González de Vera, 1614–?
  • Sebastián Lorenzo Romano, 1620?
  • Francisco Terril, 1625–1632
  • Juan Martínez Arana, 1632–1637
  • Gabriel Peñalver Angulo, 1637–1639
  • Jacinto Sedeño Albornoz, 1639–1640, first time
  • Francisco Ladrón de Zegama, 1640–1643
  • Alcades, 1643–1645
  • Sebastián Fernández de Gamboa, 1645–1646
  • Pedro Caballero, 1646–1650
  • Jacinto Sedeño Albornoz, 1650, second time
  • Francisco de Proenza, 1650–1651, first time
  • Juan Ramírez de Arellano, 1651–1655
  • Francisco de Proenza, 1655–1656, second time
  • Cristóbal Arnaldo Isasi, 1656–1660

English Commanders of Jamaica (1655–61)

In 1655, an English force led by Admiral Sir William Penn, and General Robert Venables seized the island. Following their departure, the incumbents successfully held it against Spanish attempts to retake it over the next few years.

English Governors of Jamaica (1661–62)

In 1661, England began colonisation of the island.

Deputy Governors of Jamaica (1662–71)

Lieutenant Governors of Jamaica (1671–90)

In 1670, the Treaty of Madrid legitimised English claim to the island.

Governors of Jamaica (1690–1962)

In 1962, Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom. Since independence, the viceroy in Jamaica has been the Governor-General of Jamaica.

See also


  1. ^ William James Gardner, The History of Jamaica : From its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872, p. 72
  2. ^ William James Gardner, The History of Jamaica : From its Discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1872, p. 101
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