List of Famous Conquistadors

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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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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 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

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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 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

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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 on Wikipedia

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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 on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970s—the son of Icelandic mother Þjóðhildur and Norse father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway. Erik founded the first Norse colonies in Greenland, and was based at the family estate Brattahlíð in the Eastern Settlement, where Leif had his upbringing. Leif had two ...more on Wikipedia

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