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General Histories - Ovalle

Ovalle, Alonso de, 1601-1651

Historica relacion del reyno de Chile, y de las missions, y ministerios que exercita en el la Compañia de Jesus…(Rome, 1646)


Alonso de Ovalle was born in Santiago, Chile, and died in Lima, Peru. The Historica relacion del reyno de Chile was published in 1646 while Ovalle was serving in Rome as procurator for the Jesuits. The many engraved illustrations include portraits of Spanish conquistadores, views of Jesuit schools and plans of major settlements, as well as some of the earliest published images of Chilean native peoples and their customs.

Backer-Sommervogel VI, col. 40, no. 3