|Battle of Quilacura|
|Part of Arauco War|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Pedro de Valdivia||Malloquete|
| 60 Spanish soldiers|
|7-8,000 warriors according to Valdivia, considered exaggerated, modern estimates 1,500-2,000|
|Casualties and losses|
| 6 Spaniards killed|
2 horses killed
|up to 200 warriors, including Malloquete|
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