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Today in Latin American History

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro was Assassinated in Peru in 1541

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro was Assassinated in Peru in 1541

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Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima, Peru in 1541.

In 1509, Pizarro sailed from Spain to the New World and served as the mayor and magistrate of Panama City from 1519 to 1523.

Reports of Peru’s riches and Hernán Cortés’s success in Mexico tantalized Pizarro and he undertook two expeditions to conquer the Incan Empire in 1524 and in 1526.

In January 1535, Pizarro founded the city of Lima, a project he considered his greatest achievement.

Supporters of an enemy of Pizarro, Diego Almagro, captured and executed him.

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