Having come to Dalmatia in the beginning of 1806, the French completely reorganized the province as to integrate it into the French administration system. The new system commenced on January 1, 1807. In terms of administration, Dalmatia was divided into four districts, one of them being Split, administered by the Government Royal delegation headed by a delegate. Although formally an independent administrative and political institution, for most decisions the delegation needed the consent and approval of the General provedittore and of the Regional government in Zadar. Therefore, the delegate was in fact the supreme supervising body in the district who passed orders of the central government onto the lower bodies of local administration, county and municipalities and was in charge of their implementation. The State Archives in Zadar keep the collection of the Government Royal delegation in Split from 1806-1811 available to the public. The documents are very valuable because they provide a thorough insight into the political events as well as the daily life in central Dalmatia.