Valdivia's actions symbolize man's indefatigable indefatigable thirst to take control of a place where he can exercise total authority. That phrase, attributed to attributed to Caesar, proclaiming proclaiming he would rather rather be first in command in some humble humble Alpine village than second in command in Rome, is repeated less pompously, pompously, but no less effectively, effectively, in the epic epic campaign that is the conquest conquest of Chile. If, in the moment the conquistador was facing death at the hands of that invincible invincible Araucanian Caupolican, he had not been overwhelmed overwhelmed with fury, fury, like a hunted animal, I do not doubt that judging his life, Valdivia would have felt death was fully justified. justified. He belonged to belonged to that special class of men the species produces every so often, often, in whom a craving craving for limitless power is so extreme extreme that any suffering to achieve it seems seems natural, and he had become the omnipotent omnipotent ruler of a warrior nation.