Pedro de Ibarra
|Pedro de Ibarra|
|8th Governor of la Florida|
20 October, 1603 – 1609/10
|Preceded by||Gonzalo Méndez de Canço|
|Succeeded by||Juan Fernández de Olivera|
|Spouse(s)||Ana de Unzueta|
|Profession||Military and Administrator (governor of Florida)|
Pedro de Ibarra was a Spanish soldier who ruled Florida between 1603 and 1610.
Governor of La Florida
In 20 Oct 1603 he was appointed governor of Florida. Upon arrival in Florida he checked the disruption of society and the confrontation between natives and Spaniards, the first of which subjected to force and killed to some religious in the place.
This rebellion, caused by his predecessor in command, Gonzalo Méndez de Canço, also meant the death of many Spanish soldiers. Pedro de Ibarra managed to quell the fighting, kindness and intelligence in dealing with the natives and he was able to consolidate peace and progress. Later, on August 28 of the years (1603), English pirates captured along of Cayo Romano (Cuba) two Spanish ships, one of them was Pedro de Ibarra. Pedro de Ibarra night managed to escape the cautierio and odicea after 32 days, he arrived in Havana. He left the government of the province in 1609.
When Philip III of Spain ordered to Ibarra that he carried out a reconnaissance expedition to find Jamestown, Virginia, Ibarra decided assigned to Capt. Francisco Fernandez de Ecija to lead the expedition.  In addition, Ibarra told Ecija that if he found the Jamestown settlement had been abandoned, he should go to more northern, to determine what Champlain was doing in Canada.
Period of Friendship
Pedro de lbarra worked at establishing peace with the native cultures to the South of St. Augustine. An account is recorded of his meeting with great Indian caciques(chiefs).
On September 2, 1605 the elusive Captain Grande finally arrived in St. Augustine accompanied by his manadado, the chiefs of Surruque and Urabia, and twenty Indians of high status. Yabarra (Pedro de Ibarra)cordially welcomed and entertained them in his own home. The friendship of the Indians had been won. In the words of Ybarra, "Since then the Caciques come and go as they please, and our soldiers do the same, by sea as well as by land, with the greatest security." 
After travel to different Amerindian people, in 1604, Ibarra traveled to Guale to confer with the heads of the principal towns: The heads of the northern peoples he met gathered in Santa Catalina; the heads of the peoples of Central Florida met in Zapala; while the South met in San Simon. Pedro de Ibarra traveled to San Simon, Sapelo, and Guale. His object was, between others, to listen to complaints and compose differences, but he also wanted Christianized the Amerindian people of the province. So, were built churches at Asao, on or near San Simon, in Guale, and at Espogache near Sapelo. 
According to a rumor collected by Historian Susan Parker, in 1605, Ibarra tried to establish a friendly relationship with the Ais people, an Amerindian people living in Cape Canaveral and Vero Beach, as this people allowed the arrival of British and French to its shores boats, which was considered as a territorial violation to Spanish officials in Saint Augustine, in addition de increase the chances of aliens attack the city from the south (as these two peoples were enemies of the Spaniards). So, Ibarra sent an emissary to the people of the Ais, to establish a treaty with the leader of it. The leader of the Ais, informed him that the Spaniards and the Ais, could exchanger young boys as a way of goods and symbols. In addition, the two peoples could learn each other's language. However, the son of the leader of the people said that some horses in Sain Augustine ate people, and the exchange they didn´t. Although It is known, they did establish peaceful relations with Ibarra.
Ibarra ruled in Florida until 1610, where he was replaced por Juan Fernández de Olivera.
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