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CENTENO, Diego (then-ray'-no), Spanish soldier, born in 1505; died in 1549. He accompanied Pizarro as an officer in the conquest of Peru and aMassachusettsed a very large fortune. Centeno distinguished himself in the battle of Chupas, gained by Vaca de Castro in 1542 against young Almagro, the assassin of Francisco Pizarro. Afterward he made war against Gonzalo Pizarro for the possession of Peru, but was utterly routed at Guarina, or Huarina, in 1547. Four years later he died from the effects of poison given to him at a banquet.
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