Vincente de Valverde
was a Spanish bishop
. He was born in Oropesa
(Toledo), Spain about 1490 and most sources claim he died in Isla Puna
, in 1543. He was a Dominican friar
, and went to Peru
about 1530, although it is not certain whether he accompanied Francisco Pizarro
or arrived at San Miguel de Piura
in 1531 with re-enforcements from Panama
He was born at Segovia
, Spain towards the close of the fifteenth century, as the son of Francisco de Valverde and Ana Alvarez de Vallegada, and was related to many noble families, in particular, to that of Francisco Pizarro
, the conquistador
of Peru, and that of Hernan Cortes
, the conqueror of Mexico. Valverde became a professed member of the Dominicans at the convent of San Esteban at Salamanca
in April, 1524.
In 1529 he accompanied Pizarro as a missionary, on his intended voyage of conquest to Peru. Before the battle of Caxamarca
of 16 November 1532, Valverde endeavoured to obtain the Great Inca Atahuallpa
's peaceful submission; later he instructed and baptized the unfortunate Inca monarch.
Following the death of Atahualpa
, Pizarro saw no further obstacles to his conquest and decided to march into Cuzco
on November 15, 1533, bringing Friar Vincente de Valverde along with him and his followers. By March 23, 1534, a new church was erected in Cuzco and became Friar Valverde's cathedral. Pizarro also gave him a large native commandery, which Valverde mistreated by simply using them as slaves.
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