Lope de Aguirre

1518 - 1561

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Lope de Aguirre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlope ðe aˈɣire]; 8 November 1510 – 27 October 1561) was a Basque Spanish conquistador who was active in South America. Nicknamed El Loco ("the Madman"), he styled himself "Wrath of God, Prince of Freedom." Aguirre is best known for his final expedition down the Amazon River in search of the mythical golden Kingdom El Dorado and Omagua. In 1561, Aguirre led a mutiny against the expedition's commander, Pedro de Orsúa, and declared his intent to return to Peru and overthrow Spain's colonial government. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lope de Aguirre has received more than 524,350 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Lope de Aguirre is the 79th most popular explorer (down from 65th in 2019), the 258th most popular biography from Spain (down from 232nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular Spanish Explorer.

Lope de Aguirre is most famous for leading a group of Spanish conquistadors in the search for El Dorado.

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Among explorers, Lope de Aguirre ranks 79 out of 498Before him are Richard Francis Burton, Hernando de Soto, William Dampier, Jeanne Baret, Ármin Vámbéry, and Diego Columbus. After him are Willem Janszoon, Stepan Makarov, Juan Díaz de Solís, James Clark Ross, Hugh Glass, and Sebastian Cabot.

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Among people born in 1518, Lope de Aguirre ranks 3Before him are Tintoretto, and Antoine of Navarre. After him are Francis III, Duke of Brittany, Sidonie of Saxony, and Hieronymus Cock. Among people deceased in 1561, Lope de Aguirre ranks 5Before him are Şehzade Bayezid, Rüstem Pasha, Gülfem Hatun, and Menno Simons. After him are Bairam Khan, Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, Matteo Bandello, Claude Garamond, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Sayri Túpac, and Jan Tarnowski.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Lope de Aguirre ranks 258 out of 3,355Before him are Andrés Segovia (1893), Alfonso III of Aragon (1265), Fernando Rey (1917), Javier Bardem (1969), Ibn Jubayr (1145), and Juan Luis Vives (1492). After him are Andrés Iniesta (1984), Wittiza (687), Raymond of Penyafort (1175), Vicente Aleixandre (1898), Lluís Companys (1882), and Iker Casillas (1981).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Lope de Aguirre ranks 12Before him are Francisco de Orellana (1511), Diego de Almagro (1475), Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (1460), Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), and Hernando de Soto (1500). After him are Juan Díaz de Solís (1470), Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1488), Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira (1542), Benjamin of Tudela (1130), Martín Alonso Pinzón (1441), and Ferdinand Columbus (1488).