Francisco Pizarro

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Pizarro, Francisco

(pĭzä`rō, Span. fränthēs`kō pēthär`rō), c.1476–1541, Spanish conquistador, conqueror of Peru. Born in Trujillo, he was an illegitimate son of a Spanish gentleman and as a child was an illiterate swineherd. Pizzaro accompanied OjedaOjeda, Alonso de
, c.1466–1515?, Spanish conquistador. He joined Columbus on his second voyage and in 1499—at first accompanied by Vespucci—explored the northeastern coast of South America. In 1508 he was made governor of territories of N South America.
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 to Colombia in 1510 and was with Balboa when he discovered the Pacific. Hearing of the fabled wealth of the Incas, he formed (1524) a partnership with Diego de AlmagroAlmagro, Diego de
, c.1475–1538, Spanish conquistador, a leader in the conquest of Peru. A partner of Francisco Pizarro, he took part in the first (1524) and second (1526–28) expeditions and in the bloody subjugation of the Incas after 1532.
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 and Fernando de Luque (a priest who secured funds). The first expedition reached the San Juan River, part of the present boundary between Ecuador and Colombia. On the second (1526–28), Pizarro explored the swampy coast farther south while his pilot, Bartolomé Ruiz, crossed the equator and then returned to bring definite news of the southern realms. In 1528 his partners sent him to Spain to secure aid from Emperor Charles V; he achieved this and gained for himself most of the future profits. Pizarro managed to soothe the disgruntled Almagro. Sailing south, Pizarro landed at Tumbes (1532) and ascended the Andes to Cajamarca, where the Inca, AtahualpaAtahualpa
, d. 1533, favorite son of Huayna Capac, Inca of Peru. At his father's death (1525) he received the kingdom of Quito while his half-brother, the legitimate heir Huáscar, inherited the rest of the Inca empire.
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, awaited him. Professing friendship, he enticed Atahualpa into the power of the Spanish, seized him, exacted a stupendous ransom, and then treacherously had him executed. The conquest of Peru was virtually completed by the capture of CuzcoCuzco
or Cusco
, city (1993 pop. 97,466), alt. 11,207 ft (3,416 m), capital of Cuzco dept., S Peru, at the confluence of the Huatanay and Tullamayo rivers. Its population is predominantly of indigenous descent.
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, which was later defended against Inca forces led by Manco Capac. Pizarro set about consolidating his conquest by founding new settlements, notably the present capital of Peru, Lima, and allotting land and Native Americans in encomienda to his followers. An attempt by Pedro de AlvaradoAlvarado, Pedro de
, 1486–1541, Spanish conquistador. He went to Hispaniola (1510), sailed in the expedition (1518) of Juan de Grijalva, and was the chief lieutenant of Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico.
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 to claim Quito was forestalled by Sebastián de BenalcázarBenalcázar or Belalcázar, Sebastián de
, c.1479–1551, Spanish conquistador. After accompanying Columbus on his third voyage (1498), Benalcázar served in Darién and Nicaragua
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 and Almagro. Pizarro now made a pact with Almagro, whom he had cheated several times in the division of spoils, granting him the conquest of Chile. When he failed to receive the territory promised him, Almagro attempted to redress the injustice by seizing Cuzco. Pizarro sent his half-brother, Hernando PizarroPizarro, Hernando
, fl. 1530–60, Spanish conquistador, half-brother of Francisco Pizarro. Much older than his half-brothers, Francisco, Juan, and Gonzalo, and, unlike them, legitimate by birth and educated, Hernando accompanied Francisco from Spain in 1530.
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, to Cuzco, and Almagro was defeated and put to death. In 1539, Francisco appointed his brother Gonzalo PizarroPizarro, Gonzalo
, c.1506–1548, Spanish conquistador, brother of Francisco Pizarro. A lieutenant of his brother in the conquest of Peru, Gonzalo aided in the defense of Cuzco (1536–37) against the Inca Manco Capac, subdued Charcas (present Bolivia), and fought
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 governor of Quito. Francisco's greed and ambition, extreme even in a conquistador, had, however, offset his resourcefulness, courage, and cunning. By alienating the Almagro faction he paved the way for conspiracy. A band of assassins surprised him at dinner, and although he fought desperately, he was overpowered and slain. The account by W. H. Prescott, History of the Conquest of Peru (1847), is classic. An early account is Pedro Pizarro, Relation of the Discovery and Conquest of the Kingdoms of Peru (tr. 1921).

Pizarro, Francisco


Born sometime between 1470 and 1475, in Trujillo, Spain; died June 26, 1541, in Lima, Peru. Conquistador.

Pizarro participated in A. de Ojeda’s expedition to the northern coast of South America (1509) and in the conquest of Panama (1510). He led the conquest of Peru (1532–36), site of the Inca state. Taking advantage of the internecine strife among the Incas, he pillaged and destroyed their state, Tawantin-suyu. In 1535 he founded the city of Lima. He brutally suppressed a rebellion by the Indians that occurred between 1535 and 1537. Pizarro was killed in a struggle over power and spoils.


Vol’skii, S. Pizarro (1470–1541). Moscow, 1935.

Pizarro, Francisco

(c. 1476–1541) with small force, destroyed Incan empire. [Span. Hist.: EB, 14: 487–488]
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Tambien destaco por haber escrito novelas biograficas sobre Francisco Pizarro (editada por primera vez en 1936 y, posteriormente, reimpresa en 1941), Pedro de Valdivia (1943) y Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1956).
Trujillo hizo parte de una segunda delegacion al aposento de Atahuallpa bajo el mando de Hernando Pizarro, a quien Francisco Pizarro envio al preocuparse por la suerte de la delegacion liderada por Hernando de Soto, de la que no habia noticias.
In 1541 conspirators assassinated Francisco Pizarro, the man "who had lorded it over the land with as absolute a sway as was possessed by its hereditary Incas." Pizarro's brother Gonzalo later seized supreme power in Peru by force of arms, and conducted himself like a maharajah.
Las reconstrucciones historicas con inexactitudes, reinterpretaciones y reinvenciones mayores y mas numerosas en la Relacion de Ocana se vinculan a la entrada de Francisco Pizarro, sus hermanos y el resto de los primeros conquistadores al Imperio incaico, el encuentro de los mismos con Atahualpa y la obtencion del rescate del inca.
En contraste conel texto con el que empezamos este analisis, aqui este "eapitan" no es un espia sino que le sirve a Francisco Pizarro como fuente de informacion sobre las intenciones de Atahualpa.
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When imprisoned by the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro, the Incan emperor Atahualpa tried to secure his release by offering gold that could fill the entire room he was held at, in addition to silver twice the quantity of gold.
Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incan capital in 1533.
La primera el 15 de agosto de 1534, por Diego de Almagro, el Mozo (1520-1542), hijo del companero y amigo de Francisco Pizarro conquistador del Imperio Inca, en las inmediaciones de la actual Riobamba, en territorio del Reino de Quito.
(22) En 1540 Manco ordeno nuevamente que todas las minas se encubriesen, y con el asesinato de Francisco Pizarro por Almagro "el mozo" en Lima en 1541 la coyuntura politica se torno aun mas crispada.
Existen varias versiones sobre la manera en la cual se habria llevado a cabo el Encuentro de Cajamarca o el supuesto dialogo entre Fray Vicente de Valverde y el Inca Atahualpa aquella tarde de noviembre de 1532 antes de que las tropas de Francisco Pizarro capturaran a dicho Inca en Cajamarca.
They claim with pride that they are descendants of the followers of Diego de Almagro, companion in arms of Francisco Pizarro. Overcome with greed over the spoils of the Inca Empire, the two conquistadors' armies ended up fighting each other.

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