Lebu is a picturesque port city and commune in central Chile. As the capital of Arauco Province in the Bío Bío Region, Lebu offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.
Brief History of Lebu
Lebu has a rich historical background dates back to the 17th century when Spanish colonizers founded it. Over the years, it has evolved into an important industrial and commercial hub. Today, visitors can explore the city’s fascinating past through its well-preserved architecture and historical landmarks.
Lebu’s initial settlement occurred slightly upstream along the Lebu River from the current city’s location, near Fort Santa Margarita established by García Hurtado de Mendoza in early 1557 on the north bank of the Lebu River, adjacent to the Gualgalén waterfall, to the west of the Cupaño ford.
In 1566, Governor Rodrigo de Quiroga, under the command of Captain Agustín de Ahumada, constructed a fort in nearly the same location as the present-day city of Lebu. This fort, besieged by the Mapuche, was ultimately abandoned in 1569.
The original Fort Santa Margarita was destroyed in 1599, but in 1603, Governor Alonso de Ribera rebuilt it as Fort Santa Margarita de Austria.
In the 20th century, Lebu evolved into a significant coal mining centre. The town faced considerable destruction during the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, leading to the collapse of numerous houses in the area.
Lebu is known for its delicious seafood, thanks to its coastal location. Indulge in a culinary adventure and savour the freshest catches of the day. From succulent fish and shellfish to mouthwatering ceviche, the local cuisine is a treat for your taste buds. Explore the vibrant Mercado Municipal, where you can find various fresh produce, local delicacies, and handicrafts. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere, interact with friendly vendors, and experience the true flavours of Lebu.
|City of the Wind
|8 October 1862
|74 m or 243 ft, above sea level