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Today in Latin American History

Spanish Troops Defeated 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco in 1550

Spanish Troops Defeated 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco in 1550

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Today in Latin American history, several hundred Spanish and indigenous troops under the command of Pedro de Valdivia defeated an army of 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco during the Arauco War in present-day Chile in 1550.

The Mapuche army under the command of their toqui Ainavillo with his Araucan and Tucapel allies fought 200 Spaniards on horse and afoot with a large number of Yanacona inclucing 300 Mapochoes auxiliaries under their leader Michimalonco defending their newly raised fort at Penco.

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