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Francisco Pizarro Born in Trujillo Estremadura Spain probably in 1471 died at Lima Peru 26 June 1541 He was the illegitimate son of Gonzalo Pizarro and Francisca Gonzlez who paid little attention to his education and he grew up without learning how to read or write His father was a captain of infantry and had fought in the Neopolitan wars with el Gran Capitn Gonzalo de Crdoba Filled with enthusiasm at the accunts of the exploits of his countrymen in America Pizarro set sail 10 November 1509 with Alonzo de Ojeda from Spain on the latters expedition to Urab where Ojeda founded the city of San Sebastian and left it in Pizarros care when he returned to the ship for provisions Hardships and the climate having thinned the ranks of his companions Pizarro sailed to the port of Cartagena There he joined the fleet of Martin Fernndez de Encso and later attached himself to the expedition of Nuez de Balboa whom he accompanied on his journey across the Isthmus of Panama to discover the Pacific Ocean 29 September 1513 When Balboa was beheaded by his successor Pedrarias Dvila Pizarro followed the fortunes of the latter until 1515 when Dvila sent him to trade with the natives along the Pacific coast When the capital was transferred to Panama he helped Pedrarias to subjugate the warlike tribes of Veraguas and in 1520 accompanied Espinosa on his expedition into the territory of the Cacique Urraca situated in the present Republic of Costa Rica In 1522 the accounts of the achievements of Hernn Corts and the return of Pascual de Andagoya from his expedition to the southern part of Panama bringing news of the countries situated along the shore of the ocean to the south fired him with enthusiasm With the approbation of Pedrarias he formed together with Diego de Almagro a soldier of fortune who was at that time in Panama and Hernando de
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