The Conquest of Peru and the Inca Empire
With the mighty Aztec Empire in ruins and the Maya decimated in Central America, only one formidable native kingdom remains in the New World: the gold-rich Inca, high in the frigid mountains of Peru. Francisco Pizarro, an illiterate conquistador in the ruthless mold of Hernán Cortés sets out with 200 men to defeat the last great New World Empire.
Juan Pizarro, Francisco's Reckless Younger Brother
The name Francisco Pizarro is well-known: he was the ruthless conquistador who brought down the mighty Inca Empire. But he never could have done it without his brothers. Juan Pizarro was reckless, cruel and greedy and although he was the first Pizarro to die a bloody death, he would not be the last. Conquest of the Inca: The Battle of Teocajas
May, 1535: In the frosty highlands outside the Inca city of Tombebamba, a force of Spanish conquistadors led by Sebastian de Benalcazar faced off against Inca General Ruminahui and his host of thousands of native warriors. At stake: the fate of the city of Quito and the northern Inca Empire. Biography of Diego de Almagro
Diego de Almagro was an important conquistador who played a key role in the conquest of the mighty Inca Empire. He was later defeated and executed by his former friend and ally Francisco Pizarro in the civil wars that followed the conquest.
Huascar, Inca Emperor 1527-1532
When Inca Emperor Huayna Capac died in 1527, his sons Atahualpa and Huascar fought bitterly over his throne. Huascar held Cuzco, but Atahualpa had the army.
Huáscar and Atahualpa: An Inca Civil War
From 1527 to 1532, brothers Huáscar and Atahualpa were locked in a brutal civil war over who would lead the mighty Inca Empire, high in the South American mountains. Atahualpa had only a short time to savor his victory, however, as Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro arrived with their own notions of who should rule the Andes.
Biography of Atahualpa, Last King of the Inca
In 1532, Spanish conquistadors discovered the wealthy Inca Empire, high in the South American Andes. The only thing standing between these greedy men and the gold they dreamed of was young Emperor Atahualpa, fresh off a victory in a civil war. Biography of Túpac Amaru
Túpac Amaru was the last member of the royal Inca family to ever rule over his people. The nephew of the last great Inca Emperor, Atahuallpa, he ruled over a handful of followers in the Peruvian jungle before becoming involved in an insurrection against the Spanish. He was captured and executed in 1572.
The Inca Empire
The mighty Inca took centuries to build and stretched from Chile to Colombia. It was one of the richest and most powerful in the world. But in 1533, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro destroyed and looted it, sending tons of gold and silver back to Spain. Francisco PizarroBorn: c. 1471
Birthplace: Trujillo, Estremadura, Spain
Location of death: Lima, Peru
Cause of death: Assassination
Remains: Buried, Lima Cathedral, Lima, Peru
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Explorer, Military
Executive summary: Conqueror of the Inca
The discoverer and conqueror of Peru, Francisco Pizarro was born at Trujillo in Estremadura, Spain, about 1471 (or 1475). He was an illegitimate son of Gonzalo Pizarro, who as colonel of infantry afterwards served in Italy under Gonsalvo de Cordova, and in Navarre, with some distinction. Of Pizarro's early years hardly anything is known; but he appears to have been poorly cared for, and his education was neglected. Shortly after the news of the discovery of the New World had reached Spain he was in Seville, and thence found his way across the Atlantic. There he is heard of in 1510 as having taken part in an expedition from Hispaniola to Uraba under Alonzo de Ojeda, by whom he was entrusted with the charge of the unfortunate settlement at San...
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