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The Town of Trujillo December 15, 2015

Posted by anagasto in history, Spain.
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You can never forget your first glimpse of that town with its castle and

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its main square surrounded by the towers and  palaces.

The town is minute and had been poor, and  the new wealth was highly  visible.

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Hundreds of swallows  circle the sky on any summer morning, but the photo was made late in July when they all had left for their trans-Mediterranean flight back home to Africa.

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There is an equestrian statue of Pizarro, one of the first adventurers.

Pizarro stands in his stirrups with the boldness and defiance that he became famous for.

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Pizarro killed  people to get at their gold. When the Inca emperor Atahualpa was captured and offered a room filled with gold for his release, Pizarro had him executed and took the gold anyway.

In 1541 Pizarro was assassinated by the son of one of his longtime friends.

Partly based on “Local Boy Conquers Empire” Local Boy Conquers Empire” by http://100falcons.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/local-boy-conquers-empire/

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See how they built their houses: a stone at a time, one by one, just any stone picked up in the fields, and filling the spaces with lime and sand. The walls would be very thick.

— This is the house where Pizarro was born. He was illiterate. His father was an infantry colonel.

Pizarro’s house by Manuel González Olaechea y Franco under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casa_Museo_de_Francisco_Pizarro_en_Trujillo.JPG

For more information see the webpage of the Trujillo city authorities http://www.trujillo.es/

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Comments»

1. Carl D'Agostino - February 14, 2012

I have read “The
conquest of Mexico” by Bernal Diaz de la Castilla. He was a foot soldier with Cortez 1519-1521 and wrote the recollection in 1560’s. Paints a picture of Aztec as a monstrous cannibalistic with insatiable human blood lust.

2. cantueso - February 15, 2012

Well, I think I tried to read that book, but did not get very far. The general rule is that if a guy conquers very much land in a very short time, he is a brute. Would you know of any exceptions?

The US is only trying to do it in a short time, and see what happens.


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