1476 - 1541
Conqistador of the Incasby Rit Nosotro First Published:: 2003
Born in1476, in a small city, Trujillo Spain. He was the Spanish conqueror and governor of Peru (1532-1541).
Pizarro was raised in poverty and never learned to read and write. During the 1520s Pizarro led two expeditions down the west coast of South America then he saw the golden ornaments worn by Native Americans of the Inca Empire of Peru so he decided to go back.
Pizarro raised an army and returned to Peru in 1532. The Incas welcomed their visitors, and called them gods. After this, Pizarro betrayed them. He conquered the Incas, and captured Atahualpa, the Inca leader. The emperor offered to fill a large room with gold, and two smaller rooms with silver, in exchange for his release. Pizarro agreed. Couriers came from all parts of the empire to fill the rooms with this treasure. After collecting his fortune, Pizarro broke his word and had Atahualpa executed on August 29, 1533.
Pizarro ruled Peru for almost a decade, and continued to take advantage of the natives, then was murdered in his palace in Lima in 1541.