The Conqueror of the Incas
Francisco Pizarro and Spain
He never actually learned how to read or write. Although he did counquer the Incas he was first known for his trip with Vasco Nunez de Balboa. He was with Balboa when he set his eyes on the Pacific Ocean. He got very rich and famous from this.
Pizarro had learned of all the riches that could be in the new world and decided to go and see this new world. He went three different times to America. The first voyage was in 1524, and he didn't even see land. The second voyage he actually made it on land in 1526. In fact he was almost to the Incas empire before he had to return, to Spain. Not his final trip but he finally reached the Incas empire in 1532.
Pizarro had to conquer the Incas in order to claim the land for Spain. He had a plan for destroying the empire. He took the King of the Incas, Atahualpa, prisoner. He held him for ransom. He claimed that the Incas king would be returned if a specific room was filled three times with gold and silver. He people obeyed, but instead of keeping his promise he killed the Incas king anyways.