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Michimalonco

Topics: Chilean people, Colonial Chile

On September 11, 1541, Michimalonco attacked the newly founded Spanish settlement of Santiago, Chile after seven caciques were taken hostage by Spaniards following an uprising. Michimalonco was said to lead 8,000 to 20,000 men. The defense of the outnumbered town was led by Ines de Suarez, a female conquistador, while commander Pedro de Valdivia was elsewhere. Much of the town was destroyed when Suarez decapitated one of the caciques herself and had the rest decapitated to surprise the natives. The natives were then driven off by the Spanish.

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