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JEREZ, Francisco de (hay-rayth'), Spanish historian, born in Seville in 1504; died there about 1570. He came in his early youth to America in search of fortune, and seems to have been a man of some education, as he confesses that he received 47 marks in silver and 1,110 gold castellanos for his services in arranging the contract of copartnership between Pizarro, Almagro, and Luque, 10 March, 1526. He went to Peru with Pizarro in his second voyage in 1531, and participated in the conquest, as also in the capture of Atahualpa. He was severely wounded in battle, and afterward was Pizarro's secretary, and by his orders collected notes of all historical events from the beginning of the conquest till the death of Atahualpa. He seems to have taken good care to enrich himself, and when in 1534 Hernando Pizarro was sent on a commission to Spain, Jerez solicited permission to go with him. Of his later life there is but little trustworthy information, except that he founded many charities. He published " Verdadera relacion de la conquista del Pere y provincia del Cuzco" (Seville, 1540; 2d ed., Salamanca, 1547). This is reprinted in Barcia's "Collection of Primitive Historians" (1740). Giambattista Ramusio translated the work into Italian, and published it in his "Collection of Voyages " (3 vols., 1550-'9); and there is also a German translation (1843).
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