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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 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 in the 1470s, probably 1471. Scant attention was paid to his education and he grew up illiterate. He was a distant cousin of Hernán Cortés. On 10 November 1509, Pizarro sailed from Spain to the New World with Alonzo de Ojeda on an expedition to Urabí. He sailed to Cartagena and joined the fleet of Martín Fernández de Enciso, and, in 1513, accompanied Balboa to the Pacific. In 1514, he found a ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

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Hernán Cortés is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male 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 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 a livelihood in the New World. He went to Hispaniola and later to Cuba, where he received an encomienda and, for a short time, became alcalde of the second Spanish town founded on the island. In 1519, he was elected ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1485-1547)

Birthplace: Medellín, Spain, Spain

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Francisco de Orellana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male 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 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 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, 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

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