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Ortún Velázquez de Velasco

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Ortún Velázquez de Velasco
Bornc. 1500
Died4 November 1584
Years active1536–1584
EmployerSpanish Crown
Known forSpanish conquest of the Muisca
Quest for El Dorado
Spouse(s)Luisa Montalvo de Lugo
Children1 son: Juan Velásquez de Velasco y Montalvo
2 daughters: María Velázquez de Velasco y Montalvo, Magdalena Velázquez de Velazco
  • Gutierre Velázquez de Cuéllar (father)
  • María Enríquez de Acuña (mother)
RelativesAna Velázquez (sister)
Mayor of Tunja
In office
Preceded byGarcía Arias Maldonado &Hernando de Beteta
Succeeded byHernando de Escalante &
Sebastián de Almarcha
Map of the Pamplona Province
Map of the Pamplona Province

Ortún Velázquez de Velasco (c. 1500, Cuéllar, Castile – 4 November 1584, Pamplona, New Kingdom of Granada) was a Spanish conquistador. He is known as the co-founder and first governor of Pamplona in the Norte de Santander department of Colombia, which borders Venezuela.[4]

American expeditions

Velázquez de Velasco took part in the expedition of the Spanish conquest of the Muisca people led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada from 1536 to 1539. He then settled in Tunja under Gonzalo Suárez Rendón. He married there, was mayor of the city in 1544,[3] and left in 1548. From 1549 he participated in the conquest of the Chitarero people and the foundation of Pamplona under Pedro de Ursúa.[1][5]

Personal life

Ortún Velázquez de Velasco was born around 1500 in the town of Cuéllar, Segovia Province, Castile and León; the only son of Gutierre Velázquez de Cuéllar, lord of Villavaquerín, and María Enríquez de Acuña. He had one sister, Ana Velázquez. Velázquez de Velasco married Luisa Montalvo de Lugo in Tunja in 1545 and the couple had three children: one son and two daughters.[2] María Velázquez de Velasco y Montalvo married conquistador Juan Maldonado Ordóñez.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b (in Spanish) List of conquistadors led by Gonzalo Jiménez de QuesadaBanco de la República
  2. ^ a b (in Spanish) Ortún Velázquez de Velasco – Geni
  3. ^ a b Muñoz Cárdenas, 2014, p.15
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Conquistadores desde las ciudades Coro y Pamplona
  5. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.xii
  6. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.126


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