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Juan de Saavedra

Two men named Juan de Saavedra were among the early Spanish colonists in Peru. The first , was a Spanish conquistador in Peru and Chile, and the discoverer of the site of Valparaiso, Chile.

He was a soldier in the command of Diego de Almagro. In the first expedition to Chile, in 1535, Almagro sent Saavedra to reconnoiter the coast of Chile, in the ship that had brought reinforcements from Peru. Saavedra sailed as far as Alimapu, which he named Valparaiso after the town of his birth in Spain.

On his return from this expedition, Hernando Pizarro tried to enlist ...

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