Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

Destroyer of the Inca Empire

Book - 2009
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Profiles the explorer Francisco Pizarro, from his early life to his expeditions to Peru, where he battled with the indigenous Incan empire and claimed its land and riches for Spain.

Publisher: New York : Franklin Watts, c2009
ISBN: 9780531185513
Branch Call Number: J 985.02092 PIZ
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm

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May 03, 2015

This was one of History's baddest dudes. He was truly BRUTAL! Like many villains he had incredible good luck. His invasion just happened to take place at the height of an Inca civil war so he was able to trick one side into thinking he was going to help their cause. Then when they had won Pizarro treacherously TAKES OVER! The ruthless brutality he subjects the Inca people to is unfortunately all too common in the sorry annuls of human history.
I learned a lot from this book. I thought I knew well the Pizarro story and the story of the conquest of the Inca Empire but this book had many details I did not remember. While it is good for younger readers and is published by Scholastic and seems written for learning readers John DiConsiglio does not write down to his readers. This book tells it like it was and does not try to nice up history. As an older mature person I enjoyed reading it very much. This would be a good book for ESL (English as a Second language) students to read and enjoy especially people from Spanish speaking countries that are likely already familiar with Pizarro which might help their comprehension as they read a familiar story in their new language.

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