Famous Male Conquistadors

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List of famous male conquistadors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male conquistadors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being conquistadors. There are thousand of males working as conquistadors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic conquistadors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a conquistador then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Juan de la Cosa to Juan de Grijalva and more.

While this isn't a list of all male conquistadors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male conquistadors?" and "Who are the best male conquistadors?"
Francisco Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Conquistadors
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Francisco Pizarro González (; Spanish: [fɾanˈθisko piˈθaro]; c. 1471 – 26 June 1541) was a Spanish conquistador who led the Spanish conquest of Peru. He captured and killed Incan emperor Atahualpa, and claimed the lands for Spain. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

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Hernán Cort&eacut... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Conquistadors
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Don Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca (; Spanish: [eɾˈnaŋ koɾˈtes ðe monˈroj i piˈθaro]; 1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Born in Medellín, Spain, to a family of lesser nobility, Cortés chose to pursue adventure and riches in the New World. He went to Hispaniola and later to Cuba, where he received an encomienda (the right ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1485-1547)

Birthplace: Medellín, Spain, Spain

Francisco de Orellana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Conquistadors
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Francisco de Orellana Bejarano Pizarro y Torres de Altamirano (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ðe oɾeˈʝana]; 1511 – November 1546) 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. Orellana died during a second expedition on the Amazon. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 35 (1511-1546)

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

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Gonzalo Pizarro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Conquistadors
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Gonzalo Pizarro y Alonso (Spanish: [gonˈθalo piˈθaro]; 1510 – April 10, 1548) 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 (senior) (1446–1522) who as colonel of infantry served in the Italian campaigns under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, and in Navarre, with some distinction, and María Alonso, from Trujillo. He was the half brother of Francisco and Hernándo Pizarro and the full brother of Juan Pizarro. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 38 (1510-1548)

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain