Francisco Pizarro

1478 - 1541

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Francisco Pizarro, Marquess of the Atabillos (; Spanish: [fɾanˈθisko piˈθaro]; c. 16 March 1478 – 26 June 1541) was a Spanish conquistador, best known for his expeditions that led to the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Born in Trujillo, Spain to a poor family, Pizarro chose to pursue fortune and adventure in the New World. He went to the Gulf of Urabá, and accompanied Vasco Núñez de Balboa in his crossing of the Isthmus of Panama, where they became the first Europeans to see the Pacific Ocean from the Americas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francisco Pizarro has received more than 3,388,708 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Francisco Pizarro is the 13th most popular explorer, the 19th most popular biography from Spain (down from 18th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Spanish Explorer.

Francisco Pizarro was most famous for being the conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire.

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Among explorers, Francisco Pizarro ranks 13 out of 498Before him are Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, and Francis Drake. After him are Prince Henry the Navigator, Abel Tasman, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Xuanzang, Fridtjof Nansen, and Juan Sebastián Elcano.

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Among people born in 1478, Francisco Pizarro ranks 4Before him are Pope Clement VII, Hayreddin Barbarossa, and Thomas More. After him are Giorgione, Philip I of Castile, Baldassare Castiglione, John, Prince of Asturias, Jan Gossaert, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hatuey, and Sancha of Aragon. Among people deceased in 1541, Francisco Pizarro ranks 2Before him is Paracelsus. After him are Margaret Tudor, Johann Georg Faust, Pedro de Alvarado, Gazi Husrev-beg, Francysk Skaryna, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Henry IV, Duke of Saxony, Jean Clouet, Bernard van Orley, and Andreas Karlstadt.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Francisco Pizarro ranks 19 out of 3,355Before him are Hadrian (76), Theodosius I (340), Pope Alexander VI (1431), Isabella I of Castile (1451), Ignatius of Loyola (1491), and Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503). After him are Joanna of Castile (1479), Joan Miró (1893), Ibn Arabi (1165), Charles II of Spain (1661), Maimonides (1138), and Francis Xavier (1506).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Francisco Pizarro ranks 2Before him are Hernán Cortés (1485). After him are Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), Juan Ponce de León (1460), Francisco de Orellana (1511), Diego de Almagro (1475), Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (1460), Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), Hernando de Soto (1500), and Lope de Aguirre (1518).