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Martin Garcia Onez de Loyola

Don Martin Garcia Onez de Loyola was a Spanish Basque soldier and Royal Governor of Chile.

When he was young, arrived in Peru in the year 1568, at the side of the new viceroy Francisco de Toledo, Count of Oropesa, in the capacity of captain of the guard. In 1572, during the military expedition against Tupac Amaru--the last descendant of the Incas who resisted foreign domination - Onez de Loyola lead a brilliant action, leading an advance column which fell upon the camp of the Inca and captured him.

Onez de Loyola arrived in Chile on September 23, 1592. He was determined to pacify the Arauco, and to further this end he immediately set out for Concepcion at the head of 110 troops which he had met at the capital. However, he realized that such scarce resources he would not be able to achieve his objective, and he requested reinforcements from Peru.

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