Diego López de Zúñiga, 4th Count of Nieva

Diego López de Zúñiga

Count of Nieva
Caballero de Santiago
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4th Viceroy of Peru
In office
April 17, 1561 – February 20, 1564
MonarchCharles V
Preceded byThe Marquis of Cañete
Succeeded byJuan de Saavedra
Personal details
Bornc. 1510
Valladolid, Spain
DiedFebruary 20, 1564
Lima, Peru

Diego López de Zúñiga y Velasco, 4th Count of Nieva (Spanish: Diego López de Zúñiga y Velasco, cuarto conde de Nieva) (c. 1510 – February 20, 1564 in Lima, Peru) was the sixth viceroy of Peru, from April 17, 1561 to his death on February 20, 1564.

Early career

López de Zúñiga was a knight of the military Order of Santiago, and from 1553 to 1559, governor of Galicia. He was named Peruvian viceroy in late 1560 by King Philip II to replace Andrés Hurtado de Mendoza, 3rd Marquis of Cañete, who had been recalled. López de Zúñiga arrived in Lima and took up the office on February 20, 1561. After his arrival in Peru but before reaching the capital, he sent impertinent messages to his predecessor, just before the death of the latter. Some said that the recall and the insulting communications from López de Zúñiga had brought about the death of Hurtado de Mendoza.