Lope de Aguirre, the bloody-handed traitor

Lope de Aguirre, a penniless Spanish nobleman, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of making a fast fortune in 16th century America. He joined an expedition in search of El Dorado, however, his real concern was to seize sovereign power rather than finding the legendary golden kingdom. He gained a place in history for his violence and cruelty: he killed more than seventy people including three priests and four women. The myth goes that his ghost keeps appearing to this day in the very place at the Venezuelan coast where he was eventually executed by his own men.

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