Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

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  • After many failed attempts, he finally reached the Incan Empire.  To conquer it, he needed an army. King Charles I supported Pizarro with a huge army.
  • Pizarro promised to save  Atahualpa's life,the Incan Emperor, if he gave him all of the gold.   However, once Pizarro got the gold, he killed the emperor and conquered the land for Spain.
  • In 1513, Pizarro worked as a chief lieutenant for  Balboa, another Spanish explorer.  Pizarro sailed with him through the Pacific Ocean.  Later, he heard about the Incan Empire and its riches .  He got really intereseted and wanted to reach that empire.
  • Francisco Pizarro was from a poor family.  Many kids in his town,including him, were uneducated. When Pizarro was a child, he worked as a swinehandler, herding pigs.
  • Francisco Pizarro spent the next several years maintaining the Spanish control of the Incan Empire, known today as Peru. He founded Lima City, the capital of Peru.
  • In June 26, 1541, Pizarro was killed in Lima City.  He was killed by army soldiers competing in a rivalry to rule the city.  
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