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|State of Brazil|
|Estado do Brasil|
|State of the Portuguese Empire|
The State of Brazil in 1709
Rio de Janeiro (1763-1815)
|•||1621–1640||Philip IV of Spain|
(Philip III of Portugal)
|•||1750–1777||Joseph I of Portugal|
|•||1621||Luís de Sousa|
|•||1806||Marcos de Noronha e Brito|
|•||End of hereditary captaincies||1549|
|•||Transference of the capital to Rio de Janeiro||1763|
|•||Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil||22 January 1808|
|•||Elevation of Brazil to Kingdom||16 December 1815|
With the creation of the state, Portuguese America now had two administrative units: the State of Maranhão, with its capital in São Luís, Maranhão, and the State of Brazil, whose capital was São Salvador.
The State of Brazil became a Viceroyalty in January 1763, when the capital of the State of Brazil was transferred from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro.
The State of Brazil originally included 12 of the original 15 captaincies, all except Ceará (which became subordinate to Pernambuco later) and Maranhão, two parts, which included the subcaptaincy of Para west of the Tordesillas Line at that time (north to south):