Famous Male Conquistadors

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
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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.
    • Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain
  • Hernán Cortés
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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 ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1485-1547)
    • Birthplace: Medellín, Spain, Spain
  • Francisco de Orellana
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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1511-1546)
    • Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain
  • Gonzalo Pizarro
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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1510-1548)
    • Birthplace: Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain
  • Diego de Almagro
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    Diego de Almagro (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo ðe alˈmaɣɾo]; c. 1475 – July 8, 1538), also known as El Adelantado and El Viejo, was a Spanish conquistador known for his exploits in western South America. He participated with Francisco Pizarro in the Spanish conquest of Peru. From Peru Almagro led an expedition that made him the second European to set foot in central Chile (after Gonzalo Calvo de Barrientos). Back in Peru a longstanding conflict with Pizarro over the control of the former Inca capital of Cuzco erupted into a civil war between the two bands of conquistadores. In the battle of Las Salinas in 1538 Almagro was defeated by the Pizarro brothers and months later he was executed.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1475-1538)
    • Birthplace: Almagro, Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Juan de la Cosa
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    Juan de la Cosa

    Juan de la Cosa (c. 1450 – 28 February 1510) was a Castilian 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 of Christopher Columbus to the West Indies, since he was the owner and captain of the Santa María. In 1499, he served as the chief pilot in the expedition of Alonso de Ojeda to the coasts of South America. Upon his return to Andalusia, he drew his famous mappa mundi ("world map") and soon returned to the Indies, this time with Rodrigo de Bastidas. In the following years, De la Cosa alternated ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1460-1510)
    • Birthplace: Santoña, Spain