Francisco Pizarro

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Francisco Pizarro (1478-1541)
Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, is remembered for histreacherous capture of Atahualpa, his extortion of an immenseransom, and then his murder of the Incan (1533). For his servicesto the crown, Pizarro was made a marquis by the Emperor. In Peru,Pizarro set about establishing cities, such as Lima. Eventually,an Indian uprising began. Pizarro was chagrined that his rival,Diego de Almagro, put down the revolt in Cuzco and appeared to beready to take control of the city himself. Pizarro charged hisbrothers with the task of defeating Almagro, which they did.Pizarro's brother, Hernando, beheaded Almagro in Cuzco. And Pizarrowas eventually assassinated in his house in Lima by an Almagro supporter.