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Francisco Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru

Frederick A. Ober (1849-1913)

1. In the Land of Poisoned Arrows
2. With Balboa in Darien
3. Sailing the Unknown Sea
4. The Desperate Adventurer
5. Success in Sight at Last
6. An Appeal to the Crown
7. On the Peruvian Frontier
8. A Glance at the Peruvians
9. A March to the Mountains
10. In the Inca's Stronghold
11. How Atahuallpa was Captured
12. The Prisoner and his Ransom
13. The Inca and his Murderers
14. In the Heart of Peru
15. In the City of the Sun
16. Quarrels of the Conquerors
17. The Inca Raises his Standard
18. The Downfall of Almagro
19. How Pizarro was Assassinated

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Francisco Pizarro (1471 - 1541) was born into poverty, the illegitimate son of a Spanish soldier. After a brief career as a swineherd, he volunteered to join an expedition to the colony of Darien in Panama. He rose through the ranks to become right hand man of the governor. After hearing rumours of a rich country of gold to the south, he received permission from the king of Spain to lead an expedition to explore and attempt to conquer the Peruvian empire. This biography describes how, with an army of only 168 men, he was able to subjugate an entire nation.