a Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incan Empire. Reports of Peru's riches and Cortés's success in Mexico tantalized Pizarro and he undertook two expeditions to conquer the Incan Empire in 1524 and in 1526. Both failed as a result of native hostilities, bad weather, and lack of provisions. In April 1528, he reached northern Peru and found the natives rich with precious metals. This discovery gave Pizarro the motivation to plan a third expedition to conquer Peru, and he returned to Panama to make arrangements, but the Governor refused to grant permission for the project. Pizarro returned to Spain to appeal directly to King Charles V. His plea was successful, and he received not only a license for the proposed expedition, but also considerable authority over any lands conquered during the venture.
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07/26/1519-Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for South American west coast 
11/14/1524-Francisco Pizarro begins first great expedition, near Colombia 
07/26/1529-Francisco Pizarro appointed governor of Peru
11/16/1532-Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca
08/29/1533-Francisco Pizarro orders death of last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa
11/15/1533-Francisco Pizarro arrives at Cuzco 
01/06/1535-City of Lima Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro
06/26/1541-Francisco Pizarro, governor of Peru and conqueror of the Inca civilization, is assassinated
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Sebastian de Belalcazar
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