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Pedro de Valdivia

1497 - 1553

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Pedro Gutiérrez de Valdivia or Valdiva (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ðe βalˈdiβja]; April 17, 1497 – December 25, 1553) was a Spanish conquistador and the first royal governor of Chile. After serving with the Spanish army in Italy and Flanders, he was sent to South America in 1534, where he served as lieutenant under Francisco Pizarro in Peru, acting as his second in command. In 1540, Valdivia led an expedition of 150 Spaniards into Chile, where he defeated a large force of indigenous warriors and founded Santiago in 1541. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pedro de Valdivia has received more than 354,992 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Pedro de Valdivia is the 213th most popular military personnel (up from 307th in 2019), the 153rd most popular biography from Spain (up from 239th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Spanish Military Personnel.

Pedro de Valdivia was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition to Chile in 1540. He was the first governor of Chile and founder of Santiago.

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Among military personnels, Pedro de Valdivia ranks 213 out of 1,468Before him are John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Giovanni Giustiniani, Sun Ce, Date Masamune, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, and Bertrand du Guesclin. After him are Nikolai Vatutin, Kurt Student, Han Xin, Otto Carius, Bai Qi, and Kim Philby.

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Among people born in 1497, Pedro de Valdivia ranks 4Before him are Hans Holbein the Younger, Philip Melanchthon, and Beyhan Sultan. After him are Emperor Go-Nara, Mōri Motonari, Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Jean Fernel, Francesco Canova da Milano, and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1553, Pedro de Valdivia ranks 7Before him are Şehzade Mustafa, Edward VI of England, François Rabelais, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Şehzade Cihangir, and Michael Servetus. After him are Charles III, Duke of Savoy, Girolamo Fracastoro, Maurice, Elector of Saxony, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Sinan Pasha, and Lucrezia de' Medici.

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Among people born in Spain, Pedro de Valdivia ranks 153 out of 2,932Before him are Pep Guardiola (1971), Urraca of León (1081), Vincent Ferrer (1350), Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona (1913), Peter II of Aragon (1174), and Ricardo Zamora (1901). After him are Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548), José Antonio Primo de Rivera (1903), Henry II of Castile (1334), Gaius Julius Hyginus (-64), Martin of Aragon (1356), and Alfonso XI of Castile (1311).