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Pedro de Ona

Pedro de Ona (15701643) is considered the first known poet born in Chile, and is best remembered for his verse epic poem Primera parte de Arauco domado (First Part of the Araucan Conquest). Born in Angol, he was the son of a military captain, Gregorio de Ona, who had perished during the conquest of Chile by Spain. Pedro de Ona grew up amid this ongoing conflict; he was born in what was then a small military post, in a territory largely controlled by Chile's indigenous peoples.

His mother remarried with a man of considerable influence, thus allowing Pedro de Ona to study in Lima at the Real Colegio de San Martin and later, at the Universidad de San Marcos. He received his degree from the viceroy Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza, 5th Marquis of Canete, and in 1596 received his bachelors degree in Lima. He studied various baroque and classical writers, and worked at various jobs in Peru.

De Ona also wrote the Temblor de Lima de 1609 , El Vasauro , and a sacred epic, the Ignacio de Cantabria .Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Enrique Pupo-Walker, The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature , 139. In his Apologetico en favor de Don Luis de Gongora, Principe de los poetas lyricos de Espana: contra Manuel de Faria y Sousa, Cavallero portugues (1662), Juan de Espinosa Medrano refers to Pedro de Ona, among others, in his defense of Gongora.

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