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ORGONEZ, Rodrigo (or-goan'-yeth), Spanish soldier, born in Oropesa about 1490; died in Salinas, near Cuzco, Peru, 26 April, 1538. He attaining the rank of lieutenant in the army of the Constable of Bourbon, taking part in the famous attack on Rome in 1527. According to some writers, he went to Peru with Diego de Almagro, and according to others, with the expedition from Guatemala under Pedro de Alvarado (q. v.). He was the confidential friend of Almagro, and when the latter resolved to conquer Chili he appointed Orgogez second in command. When Almagro received the royal appointment of governor of New Toledo, Orgonez convinced him of the necessity of returning to Peru to take possession of the government, and after the refusal of Prince Manco-Inca-Yupanque (q. v.) to form an alliance with Almagro, Orgofiez was commissioned to attack him, and defeated the Indians. After Hernando Pizarro occupied the city of Cuzco and refused to deliver it to Almagro, Orgoriez surprised the city during the night and captured Pizarro and his brother Gonzalo. He also took part in the battle of Abancay, 12 July, 1537, where he captured Alonso Alvarado, and would have killed him but for the intervention of Almagro. Orgofiez was then sent with 200 soldiers to destroy the forces of Maneo-Inca, who had taken up arms in favor of Pizarro, and totally defeated him. When Alonso Alvarado and Gonzalo Pizarro escaped, Orgoriez predicted Almagro's ruin, and, although strenuously opposed to submitting Almagro's rights to the decision of Father Bobadilla, followed his chief faithfully till the unfortunate battle of Salinas, where he was killed by one of the followers of Hernando Pizarro.
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