March 12 1550 – Pedro de Valdivia Achieves Victory at the Battle of Penco

March 12 1550 – Pedro de Valdivia Achieves Victory at the Battle of PencoRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Three decades after conquistadors first arrived in the New World to build colonies and extract wealth, a small contingent of Spanish soldiers under the command of Pedro de Valdivia set up camp on the shores of what is today central Chile. A month later, on March 12, 1550, some 60,000 Mapuche tribesmen descended upon the fort Valdivia’s men constructed looking to expel the invaders at the Battle of Penco. The resulting victory for the Spaniards solidified the Europeans’ presence in South America and set up a three-century conflict with the […]