The town is governed by an urban district council.
An exception should be made in the case of Georgia, which is governed by an "exarch," with three suffragans under him.
The town is governed by a mayor, 8 aldermen and 24 councillors.
Burton is governed by a mayor, 8 aldermen and 24 councillors.
The capitania of Pernambuco was ably governed and took an active part in the expulsion of the French from the trading posts established along the coast northward to Maranhao, and in establishing Portuguese colonies in their places.