• Francisco Pizarro, Spanish Conquistador, conquered the great Incan Empire in Peru. Pizarro founded the city of Lima, on January 6, 1535. Incan mines were exploited throughout the region, obtaining an unprecedented amount of wealth for the Spanish crown. Flotillas of ships brought the riches back to Spain along the Florida coast. The return route was dangerous, and the Spanish established St. Augustine in 1565 as an outpost to protect "treasure fleets."

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