Parliament of Boroa

The Parliament of Boroa (Spanish: Parlamento de Boroa) was a diplomatic meeting held on January 24, 1651, between various Mapuche groups and Spanish authorities held in the fields of Boroa. The parliament was attended by the Governor of Chile Antonio Acuña Cabrera who travelled to Boroa incognito from the fortress of Nacimiento in the north accompanied only by six men.[1] This riskful crossing of Mapuche territory was considered valiant but reckless stunt by Spanish subordinates.[1]

The terms of the treaty were detrimental to the Mapuche, almost everything agreed then was in favour of the Spanish, including a prohibition for the Mapuche to wear weapons unless the Spanish ask them to do so.[2] Mapuches were also to help the Spanish build forts and allow them free passage through their lands.[1] In hindsight the parliament is considered a failure given the massive Mapuche uprising that broke out four years later in 1655.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Barros Arana, Diego. Historia general de Chile (in Spanish). Vol. Tomo cuarto (Digital edition based on the second edition of 2000 ed.). Alicante: Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. p. 339.
  2. ^ a b Pinochet Ugarte, Augusto; Villaroel Carmona, Rafael; Lepe Orellana, Jaime; Fuente-Alba Poblete, J. Miguel; Fuenzalida Helms, Eduardo (1997). Historia militar de Chile (in Spanish) (3rd ed.). Biblioteca Militar. p. 83.