Francisco Pizarro

By Kelly Kim

Francisco Pizarro's childhood

Francisco Pizarro was born near 1478. He was born in Trujillo, Spain. His father, Captain Gonzalo Pizarro, was a poor farmer. His mother was Francisca González. Pizarro never learned to read or write. Instead he herded his father’s pigs.


Pizarro’s obstacles and reasons for his exploration


He partnered up with Diego de Almagro. They travelled to Peru in 1526. Then he returned to spain got permission to claim the land of Spain. In 1531, his expedition included his three. Then he conquered Cuzco, another important Inca city, and founded the city of Lima, now the capital of Peru

Pizarro’s expedition


In 1524, he departs from Panama. His first voyage was not successful. During 1526-1527 he went down the coast of South America. His second voyage was worked out well. He partnered up with Diego de Almagro. They traveled to Peru in 1526. Then he returned to Spain got permission to claim the land of Spain. In 1531, his expedition included his three. Then he conquered Cuzco, another important Inca city, and founded the city of Lima, now the capital of Peru

Pizarro’s death

“Almagro had taken over Cuzco. Pizarro didn’t want Almagro to have the city, but Pizarro was too old to fight. He sent one of his brothers to Cuzco to fight. He defeated Amalgo and killed him afterwards. Later on, Pizarro was assassinated in June of 1541 by one of Almagro’s followers.


How has exploration changed from the time of your explorer to today?

Exploration has changed from time of my explorer to day for many reasons. Back then they used maps, compass, etc. Our explorers used those tools to help them to find their way. Now we use the internet, gps, cell phones, etc. We don’t really use the things that explorers used back then. Back then they didn’t have the things we have to use to explore.
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Francisco Pizarro - Mini Biography