Alonso de Cordoba
This article is about the alcalde of Santiago, Chile. For the author of Principia Dialectices, see Alonso de Cordoba (author).
Alonso de Cordoba Gomez (1505 - 1589) was a Spanish nobleman's (rico-hombre's) son who sought his fortune in the New World. He was born in Valdepenas, Ciudad Real Province, Spain, and married Olalla of Merlo, also of Valdepenas.
De Cordoba arrived with his wife in Peru in 1534, and Chile in 1540 along with Pedro de Valdivia. He was made an encomendero (trustee) over the indigenous population in Santiago, Chile and served as regidor of the city in 1548, 1568 and 1580. He was mayor (alcalde) of Santiago in 1559, 1562, and 1581. He purchased the rights and founded the Spanish settlement at El Quisco. He died in 1589 in Santiago.
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