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Luisa de Gusmao, Afonso VI and Pedro their sons would frequently rise to the ranks of the titulares following a similar pattern. They won their knightly POLITICS AND POLICIES 4' spurs of honor in combat against the Spanish in the Alentejo and then usually receive an appointment at court, an initial posting in the imperio, or a grant of income from the Crown as a reward. A commandery in the Order of Christ or one of the other religious orders would usually follow, as would the inheritance of the casa and its various titles; the most usual being the post of alcaide-mor (chief constable), and eventual appointment to the Councils of War or State of the king.
This post had first been created for the king's chief representative in Asia by Manoel I in 1505, and bestowed in that year upon Francisco de Almeida. The likely precedent for this highest administrative title probably came from the Mediterranean, and particularly the empire of Aragon, since in Columbus's original capitulacion from Isabella and Ferdinand we find the title "Viceroy" of the Indies. Although the office of Viceroy and that of Governor later came to have virtually identical de facto powers, originally there was indeed a de jure difference.
Created the tst Count of Sac Vicente by Afonso on April 2, of that same year as an additional incentive to accept the position, Nunes da Cunha may have had close ties with the king and CasteloMelhor, but he would ultimately demonstrate a rigidity of policy in Asia that was decidedly out of step with the rather practical Machiavellian nature of the king's private scribe. Nunes da Cunha possessed an impressive familial heritage with respect to imperial service to the Crown. Son of Nuno da Cunha and D.