Juan Ignacio de la Carrera Yturgoyen (1620–1682) was a Chilean politician. He was born on July 31, 1620 in Alegria de Oria, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain and died in Santiago, Chile on March 27, 1682.
He was the patriarch of the Carrera family, a family that had outstanding public participation during the nineteenth century, especially during the Independence of Chile.
He married Catalina de Elguea y Cáceres (granddaughter of the Judeo-converso Diego Garcia de Caceres), with whom he had ten children, including Miguel de la Carrera, ancestor of the Carrera family, and Mariana de la Carrera Elguea common trunk on the Montt family tree. He also had three illegitimate children.
Juan Ignacio arrived in Chile and landed in the city of Concepción del Nuevo Extremo on April 4, 1639. Throughout his political career he held the following roles:Field Master of the Royal Army in 1656, and 1668.
Encomendero of Peteroa and Malloa of March 26, 1656 (vacated by the death of Luis Jufré).
Founder of a strong Repocura in 1666
Knight of the Order of Alcántara 1663
Governor of the Royal Arms 1663, 1669
Mayor of Santiago in 1655 during the Great Uprising
Governor of Valdivia 1671-1673
Mayor of Santiago in 1676.