Today in Latin American History
Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro was Assassinated in Peru in 1541
Photo: Francisco Pizarro
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Bartolomé Mitre who was in office 1862-68 was born in 1821
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian singer & guitarist Gilberto Gil who is also a politician & advocate was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, Argentinian basketball player Wálter Herrmann who won Gold at the 2004 Olympics was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Felipe Melo who played for the Nat team & Galatasaray SK was born in 1983
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican footballer Joel Campbell who plays for the Nat team & Betis was born in 1992