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List of famous conquistadors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top conquistadors in the world? This includes the most prominent conquistadors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable conquistadors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic conquistadors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned conquistadors.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known conquistadors to the lesser known conquistadors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the conquistador field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous conquistadors ever?" and "What are the names of famous conquistadors?" then you're in the right place. (45 items)
Francisco Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Francisco Pizarro González was a Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incan Empire. Pizarro González was born in Trujillo, Spain, the illegitimate son of Gonzal Pizarro, an infantry colonel, and Francisc González, a woman of means. His exact birth date is uncertain, but is believed to be sometime ...more

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Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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Hernán Cortés is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1485-1547)

Birthplace: Medellín, Spain, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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#68 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Francisco de Orellana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Francisco de Orellana was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He completed the first known navigation of the entire length of the Amazon River, which initially was named "Rio de Orellana." He also founded the city of Guayaquil in what is now Ecuador. ...more

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Age: Died at 35 (1511-1546)

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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Leif Erikson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson was an Icelandic explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows ...more

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Birthplace: Iceland

Profession: Conquistador

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#73 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#32 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Gonzalo Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Gonzalo Pizarro y Alonso was a Spanish conquistador and younger paternal half-brother of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of the Inca Empire. Bastard son of Captain Gonzalo Pizarro y Rodríguez de Aguilar who as colonel of infantry served in the Italian campaigns under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, ...more

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Age: Died at 38 (1510-1548)

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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Diego de Almagro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Diego de Almagro, also known as El Adelantado and El Viejo, was a Spanish conquistador and a companion and later rival of Francisco Pizarro. He participated in the Spanish conquest of Peru and is credited as the first European discoverer of Chile. Almagro lost his left eye battling with coastal ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1475-1538)

Birthplace: Almagro, Ciudad Real, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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Juan de la Cosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Juan de la Cosa or sometimes Juan the Biscayan was a Spanish navigator and cartographer, known for designing the earliest European world map that incorporated the territories of the Americas that were discovered in the 15th century. De la Cosa played an important role in the first and second voyage ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1460-1510)

Birthplace: Santoña, Spain

Profession: Navigator, Conquistador

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Francisco Vásquez de Coronado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Conquistadors
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Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján was a Spanish conquistador and explorer, who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. Coronado had hoped to reach the mythical Seven Cities of Gold. His expedition marked the ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1510-1554)

Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain

Profession: Conquistador

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