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Alonso de Sotomayor


Alonso de Sotomayor y Valmediano was a Spanish conquistador from Extremadura, and a Royal Governor of Chile.

He was born in Trujillo, in the province of Extremadura, the son of Gutierrez de Sotomayor e Hinojosa and Beatriz de Valmediano. At the age of 15 he joined the army, serving first in Italy until 1567, and then moving to Flanders.

In 1580 he was called back to Madrid by his official duties. King Philip II, seeing his military record, awarded him a knighthood in the Order of Santiago and sent him on a campaign against Portugal. However, at that time news arrived from Chile, where the Arauco War continued and reinforcements were needed. The king subsequently decided to name Sotomayor governor of the district and send him there with a large contingent of soldiers to resolve the situation.

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Volume II (1554-1625)

HISTORIA GEOGRAFICA, NATURAL Y CIVIL DEL REINO DE CHILE, TOMO II,CON UNA INTRODUCCION BIOGRAFICA Y NOTAS POR J. T. MEDINA, Coleccion de historiadores de Chile, Tomo XV, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, IMPRENTA ERCILLA, 1889

online edition

Tomo I History 1542 - 1626, Tomo 8 de Coleccion de historiadores de Chile y de documentos relativos a la historia nacional. Santiago : Imprenta del Ferrocarril, 1861.

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