Miguel de Ustariz

Miguel de Ustariz

1700-1703
Gabriel “The Terrible” Gutiérrez de Riva.
Resisted the English attack on Arecibo and Loiza.

1703
Diego Jiménez de Villarán.
Died after three months in power.

1703
Gaspar de Oliveras and Andrés Montañez de Lugo.
Interim governors.

1703-1705
Francisco Sánchez Calderón.
Interim governor.

1705-1706
Pedro de Arroyo y Guerrero.
First governor under the Bourbon dynasty, begun by Felipe V.

1706
Francisco Calderón de la Barca and Fernando de Castilla y Valdés.
Interim governors.

1706-1708
Juan López de Morla.
Interim governor.

1708-1713
Francisco Danío Granados.
His government was marked by confrontations with the privateer Miguel Enríquez.

1714-1716
Juan de Rivera.
He was appointed governor since 1711.

1716
José Carreño.
Interim governor.

1716-1718
Alberto Bertodano.
Interim governor.

1718 -1724
Francisco Danío Granados.
Governor for a second time.

1724-1731
José Antonio de Mendizábal y Azcue.
He sent Danío Granados to prison.

1731-1743
Matías de Abadía.
This governor participated in smuggling activities. Under his incumbency, the settlement of Añasco became a town, and the town of Guayama was founded.

1743
Domingo Pérez de Anclares.
Interim governor.

1743-1750
Juan José Colomo.
He denounced corruption and public scandals. He founded the town of Toa Baja in 1747, and minted gold and silver coins with the seal of San Juan to commemorate the first anniversary of Fernando VI, King of Spain. Colomo outlawed the production of rum from sugar cane.

1750-1751
Agustín de Pereja.
Aware of the smuggling problems in the ports of Ponce, Mayagüez, Añasco and Cabo Rojo, he proposed measures to stop smuggling, such as declaring the island a free port. His proposals did not succeed.

1751-1753
Esteban Bravo de Rivero.
Interim governor.

1753-1757
Felipe Ramírez de Estenós.
In 1755, by order of the king, he removed the English from Vieques. He founded the town of Yauco and introduced coffee to the island, brought from Cuba. The success of coffee farming produced a migration from the coasts to the mountains. He also improved the impoverished conditions that ruled the island by increasing trade and commerce.

1757-1759
Esteban Bravo de Rivero.
Governor for a second time. He requested an increase in armed forces.

1759-1760
Antonio Guazo Calderón.
His term lasted only one year, due to his death.

1760
Esteban Bravo de Rivero.
Governor for a third time. He was named governor due to the premature death of Guazo Calderón.

1760-1766
Ambrosio de Benavides.
Always dressed like the common people and the slaves, except for official activities. He removed the portrait of the king and held huge parties in the main salon at La Fortaleza.

1766-1768
Marcos de Vergara.
He governed for two years, until his death.

1768-1769
José Tentor.
Interim governor.

1769-1776
Miguel de Muesas.
During his governorship, Puerto Rico experienced improvements in its militia, the economy and education. De Muesas resolved the dispute over agrarian reform and established a tax on pasture land. He also finished construction of the Castillo de San Cristóbal and attended to the problems with the militias that were outlined in the O’Reilly report. He created the towns of Moca, Rincón, Las Vegas, Cayey, Aguadilla and Cabo Rojo.

1776-1783
José Dufresne.
He bought the historic building of Casa Blanca from the heirs of Juan Ponce de León and founded the artillery arsenal. He outlawed cockfights.

1783-1789
Juan Dabán.
First governor to visit all the sectors of the island, which won him much support. He established the royal foundry and created a mail service using the mounted militia.

1789
Francisco Torralbo.
Interim governor.

1789-1792
Miguel Antonio de Ustáriz.
He ordered the paving of the streets of San Juan.

1792-1795
Francisco Torralbo.
Interim governor for a second time.

1795-1804
Ramón De Castro y Gutiérrez.
During his term, he defended the island from an attack by English General Sir Ralph Abercromby. He once again requested authorization for free trade and the elimination of tithes.

Note: These articles have been edited and checked by academics and specialists in History. Discrepancies may exist among historians regarding some data.

Author: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: September 11, 2014.

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