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Founders of Portoviejo

 Portoviejo city, Ecuador In 1628, seeking refuge from pirate attacks, the city was moved to Charapoto, its current location. Three people claimed to be the founders of Portoviejo: Pedro Puelles, Gonzalo de Olmos and Francisco Pacheco. The last is officially recognized as the founder of the city of the Royal Tamarinds.

In November, 1535, Gonzalo de Olmos arrived in Portoviejo and 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.

second -  to  the  King of Spain, complaining that the jurisdiction had been abandoned.

They requested a halt to the foundation of new cities in the province, since Portoviejo had only fourteen neighbors, and this, together with the lack of labor and taxes from the Indian village, would significantly impoverish the towns.

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