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Francis Hernandez Giron

GIRON, Francis Hernandez, Spanish soldier, born in Caceres, Spain, about 1500; died in Lima, Peru, 7 December 1554. He was a follower of Pizarro, and rendered great services to that leader in the conquest of Peru in 1532. He afterward became rich and powerful, but used his high reputation among the Spanish conquerors to excite them to revolt, as he was dissatisfied with his share of the spoils after the defeat of Gonzalo Pizarro, 9 April, 1548. Haying been commissioned to reduce the province of Charcas to subjection in 1553, he levied troops at Cuzco, and then raised the standard of rebellion, drawing to his side all the Spaniards who had belonged, to the factions of Ahnagro and Pizarro. After arresting the governor of Cuzco he took possession of the government, and in a battle near Chuquinga gained a complete victory, from which, however, he did not reap any advantage. He was attacked in turn by the royalists, and defeated at Pucara in 1554. Having been abandoned by his troops, he fled to the mountains, was pursued, captured, and executed at Lima. The rebellion he headed was the last that was instigated by the conquerors of Peru against the Spanish crown.

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