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Then came the exposure of the population to the threat of piracy, a scourge which the Spanish tried to counteract throughout their viceroyalties with fortifications.
The junta of Seville sent Goyeneche as their envoy to the viceroyalties of Rio de la Plata and Peru to secure the submission of the colonial administration to its authority.
The author focuses on the third, using the accounts given by the crypto-Jews themselves, as preserved in the records of the Inquisitions of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and the Viceroyalties in the New World.
Instead, the territorial history of independence is the history of the break-up of colonial viceroyalties into regional fragments, the consequence of caudillo-led internal war.