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MORA, Diego de (mo'-rah), Spanish soldier, b., according to some historians, in Pamplona in 1494, according to others, in Ciudad Real in 1501 ; died in Peru about 1555. He came to Peru with Almagro in 1532, and, quickly learning the Quichua language, was ordered to assist in interrogating the Inca Atahualpa at his trial by special desire of that monarch, who distrusted the official interpreter, Felipillo (q. v.). Before the execution of Atahualpa, Nora, who was an expert at drawing, by order of Pizarro, drew a portrait of that prince, which, according to Velasco, was preserved for more than two centuries in Cajamarca, and was copied by Andre Thevet for his "Les grands hommes de l'histoire." This is not the portrait that appears with the article " Atahualpa" in this work. The latter is taken from a copy of the " imperial genealogical tree," formerly in the cathedral of Cuzes. Nora marched with Almagro against Alvarado and received command of the latter's vessels after the agreement by which AI-varado relinquished his claims. He was one of the founders of the city of Trujillo and was appointed its first governor, which place he kept during the different political changes in Peru till Gonzalo Pizarro ordered him to Lima. He escaped with his family to Panama, joined De la Gasca (q. v.), and served under his orders till the battle of Sacsahuana. In 1553 he was invited to join the revolution of that year; but he remained loyal, and, when the army marched south, he was appointed chief justice of Lima, according to Herrera. Garcilaso de la Vega says he returned to his government of Trujillo and soon died.
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