Francisco de Villagra

Francisco de Villagra
Royal Governor of Chile
In office
Monarch Charles V
Preceded by Pedro de Valdivia
Succeeded by Pedro de Valdivia
In office
Monarch Charles V
Philip II
Preceded by Pedro de Valdivia
Succeeded by García Hurtado de Mendoza
In office
Monarch Philip II
Preceded by García Hurtado de Mendoza
Succeeded by Pedro de Villagra
Personal details
Born c. 1511
Santervás de Campos, Valladolid Province, Spain
Died 22 July 1563
Concepción, Chile
Children Pedro de Villagra, el mozo
Military service
Allegiance   Spain
Years of service 1530s–1563

Conquest of Chile

Francisco de Villagra Velázquez (1511 – 22 July 1563) was a Spanish conquistador, and three times governor of Chile.

Early life

Born at Santervás de Campos, he was the son of Alvaro de Sarría and Ana Velázquez de Villagra, who were not married. For this reason he took the name of his mother. Upon arrival in America, he went to Peru, where he planned with Captain Alonso de Mesa an attempt to free Diego de Almagro, then a prisoner of the Pizarro brothers. Discovered in this plot, he was condemned to death, but Hernándo Pizarro spared his life.