Pedro de Villagra
Pedro de Villagra y Martinez was a Spanish soldier who participated in the conquest of Chile, being appointed its Royal Governor between 1563 and 1565.
His father was Juan de Villagra, a minor civil official. In 1537 he moved from Spain to Cartagena de Indias, then to Santa Marta and later Peru. He arrived in Chile with the expedition of Pedro de Valdivia.
With the founding of Santiago, Villagra held for 4 years the post of the city's mayor. Valdivia also granted him an encomienda in Tirua. After the death of the governor, he moved back to Peru, where he married Beatriz de Figueroa.
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