Francisco de Villagra

Francisco de Villagra
Royal Governor of Chile
In office
MonarchCharles V
Preceded byPedro de Valdivia
Succeeded byPedro de Valdivia
In office
MonarchCharles V
Philip II
Preceded byPedro de Valdivia
Succeeded byGarcía Hurtado de Mendoza
In office
MonarchPhilip II
Preceded byGarcía Hurtado de Mendoza
Succeeded byPedro de Villagra
Personal details
Bornc. 1511
Santervás de Campos, Valladolid Province, Spain
Died22 July 1563
Concepción, Chile
ChildrenPedro de Villagra, el mozo
Military service
Allegiance Spain
Years of service1530s–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.