In 1628, seeking refuge from pirate attacks, the city
was moved to Charapoto, its current location.
Three people claimed to be the founders of
Puelles, Gonzalo de Olmos and Francisco Pacheco. The last is
officially recognized as the founder of the city of the Royal
In November, 1535, Gonzalo de Olmos arrived in
founded the city, four leagues from the one created by
Pacheco, aiming above all to find the famous emerald mines and
the other riches he had heard spoken of.
Pacheco stayed in the region for a little
under two years. Later there were various pirate raids and
fires were started that led to the city being moved from one
place to another.