Francisco Laso de la Vega. Posthumous portrait from
the 18th century.
Francisco Laso de la Vega y Alvarado (1568–1640) was a
Spanish soldier who served as
Royal Governor of Chile from December 1629 to May 1639. Victor in many battles against the
Mapuche in the
He was born in
Cantabria, son of Garci Laso de la Vega and María de Alvarado. He was a descendent of the Cantabrian
House of Lasso de la Vega. He served in the Royal Navy for five years from 1606. He went to
Flanders for 16 years, where he was in many military actions in the
Dutch Revolt and was promoted to captain of infantry. He participated and distinguished himself in the
Bergan op Zoom, Bersel and
In 1623 he entered the
Order of Santiago. In 1625 he returned to Spain, as a captain of cavalry, served as a judge in
Badajoz, and was preparing to take the governorship of
Jerez de la Frontera, when he was appointed Governor of Chile.
He served as governor between 1629 and 1639. His government was very successful against the warlike Mapuche in the Arauco War, defeating them in the Battle of La Albarrada. He also refounded the city of
Angol, with families from the Fort of
Santa Lucía de Yumbel, in 1637.
Ill in the last years of his term, he returned to
Peru, suffering from
edema, pausing in
Santiago because of an attack. He remained six months there, and died soon after arriving at
Lima, in 1640.