Alonso de Ribera

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Alonso de Ribera
Caballero de Santiago
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Royal Governor of Chile
In office
1612–1617
MonarchPhilip III
Prime MinisterDuke of Lerma
Preceded byJuan Jaraquemada
Succeeded byFernando Talaverano
Royal Governor of Chile
In office
1601–1605
MonarchPhilip III
Prime MinisterDuke of Lerma
Preceded byAlonso García de Ramón
Succeeded byAlonso García de Ramón
Personal details
Born1560
Úbeda, Spain
DiedMarch 9, 1617 (aged 56–57)
Concepción, Chile
Spouse(s)Inés de Córdoba
ProfessionBrigadier General

Alonso de Ribera de Pareja (1560 – March 9, 1617) was a Spanish soldier and twice Spanish royal governor of Chile (1601–1605 and 1612–1617).

Early life

Born in Úbeda, he was the illegitimate son of hidalgo and captain Jorge de Ribera Zambrana y Dávalos, who claimed descent from the kings of Aragon.

After studying mathematics, Ribera joined the Spanish army in Flanders. It was the beginning of a long and successful military career. He fought in various battles in France with Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma. In addition, he was part of the Spanish Armada of 1588, and one of the followers of Cardinal Archduke Alberto, governor of the Netherlands.

His distinguished military service came to the attention of King Philip III. In 1599 the king named him governor and captain general of Chile, positions that he occupied from 1601 to 1605 and again from 1612 to 1617.

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