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History, Spain, World Heritage and tagged Extremadura, Francesco Pizzaro, Hérnan Cortés, Photography, Spanish Empire, Travel, Trujillo.

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Francesco Pizzaro Trujillo Extremadura Spain

Francisco Pizzaro Trujillo Extremadura

“…the breed of men who conquered a continent with a handful of adventurers, wore hair shirts day and night until they stuck to their flesh, and braved the mosquitoes of the Pilcomayo and the Amazon”                                                        Gerald Brenan

In the hilltop town of Trujillo, above the sunburnt plain of Extremadura, there stands a statue of a man who changed the course of history. Francisco Pizarro was born here, the illegitimate son of a Castilian soldier. Five hundred years ago, he left to seek his fortune in the New World. With fewer than 200 troops and a few dozen dogs and horses, he conquered the vast empire of the Incas and the Spanish colonisation of South America had begun.

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