When it was SpanishEmpire Ball, it was the port of La Serenaball
Also when he was a "3ball" ,his natives was named "Diaguitas" who was the most developed. They are actually extinct.
The area occupied by this city (bay and hills) was inhabited by Indians, who used it as a dwelling place and a place for fishing. Both Pedro de Valdivia, when he crossed it with his expedition in the direction of the future Santiago (recounted in a letter to King Carlos V in 1550), and Juan Bohón when he founded La Serena, agreed that it was a good place to establish a port.
The benefits of its coasts were also described in the binnacles of various navigators and privateers of the time, such as Bartolomé Sharp (who landed on its shores in 1680) and Edward Davis (in 1686)
Apparently, the first owner of the land that occupies this port would have been Isabel Beatriz Colla, product of an inheritance. However, it was Bernardo Álvarez de Tobar, clerk of the Cabildo de La Serena, who requested the ownership of these lands from the Real Audiencia, based on his marital relationship with Dona Isabel. Years later, it became the domain of Agustina Álvarez de Tobar who, in 1670, sold a portion of that land to Juan Álvarez y Allende. The latter, in 1710 sold, in turn, a part to the convent of San Francisco, which kept it as a chaplaincy.
At the beginning of the 19th century (1825), the port of Coquimbo was described as practically uninhabited except for some customs employees.5 This was probably due to the absence of basic habitability services such as fresh water for drinking, which It had to be transported in containers from the Peñuelas creek for the domestic use of the few inhabitants. In the following decades the port had a minimum population growth. In this same period, a large part of the port lands belonged to Pablo Garriga Martínez; at his death in 1833 these lands were transferred to his wife Buenaventura Argandoña Subercaseaux, which by 1840 donated the land to build the future Plaza de Armas, the cemetery, the first public school and the church of San Pedro, a construction that she herself financed . In addition, it ceded its water rights to supply the population.6 7 8