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Christopher Minster

Gonzalo Pizarro, Conquistador

By November 14, 2012

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The Capture of Gonzalo Pizarro

In 1530, five Pizarro brothers arrived in Peru. Led by the eldest, Francisco, they embarked upon the violent conquest of the mighty Inca Empire. Gonzalo, the youngest, was an impetuous, cruel man with a penchant for stirring up trouble needlessly. He was, however, a valiant and skilled soldier and horseman. Together, the Pizarros and their men conquered Peru and handed the King of Spain his richest American colony. Why, then, was Gonzalo put to death in 1548 under orders of a royal representative?

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