Castilla de Oro
Castilla de Oro (or del Oro) was the name given by the Spanish settlers at the beginning of the 16th century to the Central American territories from the Gulf of Urabá, near today's Colombian-Panamanian border, to the Belén River. Beyond that river, the region was known as Veragua, and was disputed by the Spanish crown along with the Columbus family. The name "Castilla de Oro" was made official in May 1513 by King Ferdinand II of Aragon, then regent of the Crown of Castile.
With the creation, in 1527, of the Province of Nicaragua, which included today's Nicaragua as well as the Nicoya Peninsula, Castilla de Oro's jurisdiction was reduced. In 1537, once the conflict between the crown and the Columbus family was settled, Castilla de Oro was split up, divided by the Duchy of Veragua.
The eastern part, the last remnant of Castilla de Oro, in time became known as the Realm of Tierra Firme, or Panamá, especially after the creation of the Royal Academy of Panamá in 1538. In 1560, the new Province of Veragua, created by Philip II out of the now defunct Duchy of Veragua, was merged with Castilla de Oro.
Governors of Castilla del Oro, 1514-1540
- 1514-1526 Pedro Arias Dávila, Governor
- 1526-1529 Pedro de los Ríos y Gutiérrez de Aguayo, Governor
- 1529-1532 Antonio de la Gama, Interim Governor
- 1533-1536 Francisco de Barrionuevo, Governor
- 1536-1539 Pedro Vázquez de Acuña, Governor
- 1539 Francisco Pérez de Robles, President of the Audiencia of Panama
- This article is a translation of the corresponding article in the Spanish-language Wikipedia, which was accessed in the version of April 21, 2006.'
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