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List of conquistadors in Colombia

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Indigenous peoples of Colombia
Pre-Columbian cultures
Spanish conquest of the Chibchan Nations
Chibchan Nations
Southwestern cultures
SW cultures
Pre-Columbian peoples, civilisations and cultures of four language groups; Arawakan, Carib, Chibcha, and the isolated Páez language, existed in Colombia with after the Muisca, the Tairona, Calima, Quimbaya and Zenú as important ones
Spanish Empire(1500)
Spanish Empire

This is a list of conquistadors who were active in the conquest of terrains that presently belong to Colombia. The nationalities listed refer to the state the conquistador was born into; Granada and Castile are currently part of Spain, but were separate states at the time of birth of the early conquistadors. Important conquistadors and explorers were Alonso de Ojeda, who landed first at Colombian soil and founded the first settlement Santa Cruz,[1] Rodrigo de Bastidas, who founded the oldest still remaining city Santa Marta, Pedro de Heredia, who founded the important city of Cartagena in 1533, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, who was the leader of the first and main expedition into the Andes (1536–1538), with his brother second in command and many other conquistadors, 80% of whom who didn't survive,[2][3] and Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar who entered the Colombian interior from the northwest and south respectively.

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Hi. I'm John Green, This is Crash Course: World History and today's video is kind of a response to one of the most riveting history books you'll ever read, "The Columbian Exchange," by David Crosby. He had a good year in 1969. Published "The Columbian Exchange," played Woodstock, he was still on his first liver. What? It was Albert Crosby? Gah! History. Never being as interesting as I want it to be. Right, so, it was Alfred Crosby Jr. And in that book, he wrote: "The big questions are really the only ones worth considering, and colossal nerve has always been a prerequisite for such consideration." I love it! Before 1492, we couldn't really talk about a world history at all. We could only talk about the different histories of separate regions. But, Columbus changed all of that, and everything else. The Columbian Exchange irrevocably homogenized the world's biological landscape. Since Columbus, the number of plant and animal species has continually diminished. And the variation in species from place to place has diminished dramatically. I mean the first European visitors to the Americas had never seen a tomato or a catfish. Native Americans had never seen a horse. And by making our planet biologically singular, the Columbian Exchange completely remade the populations of animals, particularly humans. And vitally, this cross-pollination also made possible such wonders as contemporary pizza. [Intro music] [intro music] [intro music] [intro music] [intro music] [intro music] [intro music] So we're going to break Columbian exchange down into four categories: diseases (boy, you're looking good, smallpox, I'm glad you've been eliminated), animals, plants, and people. Mr. Green, Mr. Green. People are animals. Yeah, that's true, Me from the Past, but just for the sake of simplicity-- Also, if you think about it, microbes are kind of animals and plants are too, I mean— OH MY GOD SHUT UP BEFORE I KILL YOU AND CREATE A TIME TRAVEL PARADOX. Microbes, like those hairy blokes back there, were a definite negative in terms of the Columbian Exchange. Terminology is hard here, but the majority of Caribbean Islanders or Native Americans or Amerindians had exactly one response to the arrival of Europeans: death. We can't be sure how many natives died as a result of European arrival, but it was definitely more than 50%, and some estimates place it as high as 90%. Historians used to blame European brutality, which was definitely was a factor, but the main culprit was disease. Smallpox is usually seen as the villain of this story, but it's more likely that a series of diseases in combination did the damage. Along with smallpox, Americans were killed by measles, and mumps, typhus, chicken pox, none of which they had been previous exposed to. This astonishing decrease of population was definitely the worst effect of these diseases, both psychologically and demographically, but the secondary effects were almost as bad. For one thing, the deaths of Aztec and Incan rulers touched off wars, which in turn made it easier to spread disease, because, you know, the number one way to catch smallpox is via hand-to-hand combat. Plus, leaders kept dying. Huayna Capac, the leader of the Inca Empire succumbed to smallpox before Pizarro even arrived. His death led to a violent succession struggle between his sons, which was won by Atahualpa who, in turn, was captured and killed by Pizarro. And, without that war, the Inca would have had a much better chance against the Spaniards, whose numbers were comparatively tiny. A similar thing happened to the Aztecs. The Moctezuma who eventually lost to Cortes was the nephew of a much more powerful king who died of smallpox. And, the death of that great king encouraged some of the smaller states in the Aztec empire to rebel and some of them even fought for the Spaniards. And, another side effect of disease was starvation because there simply weren't enough people left to grow crops to feed the living. And then malnutrition made survivors that much more susceptible to disease. In short, it sucked. The transmission of disease largely went one way, from the Old World to the New, but the Americans did have one gift for Europe: venreal syphilis. It showed up in Europe around 1493. And even though Europeans are very fond of ascribing syphilis to each other— Italians called it the French Disease; the French called it the disease of Naples; Poles called it the German disease; Russians called it the Polish Disease— The truth is, venereal syphilis was spread by sailors who'd returned from the Americas. In fact, in his book "The Columbian Exchange," Crosby tells it like this: "Sailors, by the nature of their profession, are men without women and therefore men of many women. we can imagine no group ... more perfectly suited for guaranteeing that venereal syphilis would have worldwide distribution." Who says history books are boring? Syphilis would go on to infect a veritable who's who of Europe, from Baudelaire to Gauguin to Nietzsche, not to mention numerous family members of the famously infertile Tudor and Valois families, meaning that Syphilis may be responsible for many of those miserably boring dynastic power struggles of post-Columbus Europe. Anyway, nothing against syphilis, but it pales in comparison to the devastation wrought by Old World diseases arriving in the New World. But the New World did have one gift for the Old World that was pretty destructive: Tobacco. Oh, it's time for the Open Letter? And there's been a costume change? That doesn't bode well. An Open Letter to Tobacco. But first, let's see what in the secret compartment. Don't be cinnamon, don't be cinnamon, don't be--dang it! I guess that I'm going to do the cinnamon challenge. Oh...I'm not happy about this, Stan. For the record. Alright. I'm going to do the cinnamon challenge, one tablespoon of cinnamon in my mouth, no water. Ah, boy. That sucked. I regret doing that, to be honest with you. Dear Tobacco, I just did something really stupid. But at least it was cheap. I'm going to tell you two stories about smoking. The first comes from my high school history teacher, Raoul Meyer, who also writes Crash Course. When I was a senior in high school, he walked up to me and he said, "I want you to keep smoking. I want you to smoke until the day after your 65th birthday, and then I want you to die so that I collect all of your social security." That inspired me, Mr. Meyer, to quit smoking just eight short years later. Here is an amazing statistic, cigarettes were handed out to American service men during World War II. And more soldiers, who started smoking during the war, died from smoking than died from the war. So if the New World was looking to extract some measure of revenge for smallpox and measles and chicken pox, mission accomplished. Best wishes, John Green. Now, onto animals. American animals like llamas and guinea pigs never really caught on in Eurasia. But, imports to the Americas—like pigs, cows, and horses—were revolutionary. Let's go to the Thought Bubble. First of all, these animals, especially pigs, completely remade the food supply. Pigs breed really quickly, they eat anything, and they turn into bacon—which made them heroes to the New World just as they are today heroes to the Internet. Here's how quickly pigs breed: When Hernando de Soto arrived in Florida in 1539, he brought 13 pigs. By the time of his death, there were 700. That was three years later. The abundance of meat and plentiful land for agriculture and grazing meant that Europeans in the Americas very rarely experienced famine, and despite what you may have learned about religious and political freedom, the main reason Europeans came to America was to eat. Large European animals also changed the nature of work in the Americas. Before Europeans, the largest beast of burden was the llama and at best it could carry, like, 100 pounds. This meant that for the long distance travel that the Inca engaged in, the primary transportation animal was...Incas. Oxen, when combined with their plows made it possible to bring more land under cultivation, and also made transportation easier and more efficient. And plus, European animals remade culture. The grossly stereotypical American Indian, like from the movies, riding the Great Plains with an eagle feather headdress and war paint. Well, he didn't exist before the Columbian Exchange because there were no horses for him to ride. And the introduction of horses allowed many native Americans to abandon agriculture in favor of a nomadic lifestyle, because riding around hunting buffalo made them far richer than farming ever had. Thanks, Thought Bubble. While animals and diseases completely reshaped the New World, it was New World plants that had the biggest effect on Eurasia. Sure, Europeans brought over some crops that we now grow here in the Americas, like wheat and grapes, both of which are necessary for Catholic mass. But New World plants radically changed the lives of millions, maybe hundreds of millions of Africans, Asians, and Europeans. Specifically, by making pizza possible. I mean, until 500 years ago, Italians lived without tomatoes—without modern pizza or marinara sauce or pizza or ketchup or pizza or even pizza. Indians lived without curry, which contains chilies, a New World food. Persians lived without corn, which is a New World food. As are beans and potatoes and avocados and peanuts and blueberries. The list goes on and on. And these New World crops led to probably the greatest population increase in history. To quote Crosby: "It is crudely true that if man's caloric intake is sufficient, he will somehow stagger to maturity, and he will reproduce." And New World food was far more caloric than Old Word food, which is the central reason that the world population doubled between 1650 and 1850. Plants like corn and potatoes could grow in soils that were useless for Old World crops. Potatoes were actually introduced to Europe as an aphrodisiac, but it turns out that you have to distill those potatoes into vodka before they have the desired effect. Anyway, if potatoes are an aphrodisiac, the Irish quickly became the hottest people on Earth. An acre and a half of potato cultivation could feed an Irish family for a year, and the average Irish worker often ate 10 POUNDS of potatoes EVERY DAY. Surviving primarily on potatoes, the Irish more than doubled their population between 1754 and 1845, when the potato famine showed up and ruined everything. And it wasn't just Europe. Manioc, or cassava, is a New World plant with roots that provide more calories than any other plant on earth, provided they are properly processed, otherwise they're poisonous. Manioc is so prevalent in Africa that many Africans swear the plant is native to the continent. But it isn't. Nor are sweet potatoes, and while New World grains never replaced rice in South East or East Asia, the sweet potato is so common that it is known as the poor person's staple in China. Even in Japan the tomb of the farmer who is reputed to have first brought them to the islands is known as the Temple of the Sweet Potato. And it's also worth noting that corn, while it may not feature prominently in European diets, has been the central source of food for animals in Europe for centuries. And, in fact, that's still the case. In 2005, 58% of the corn grown in America went to animal feed, is the kind of thing you learn when you live in Indiana. Alright, so last but not least, the Columbian Exchange involved the transfer of lots of people. Again, in the early stages, this movement was mostly one way, with Europeans and Africans, the Africans usually against their will, making their way to the Americas. So, the Columbian Exchange led to the re-population of the New World following the disease devastation of the initial encounter. And better nutrition allowed the population of the Old World to grow, which in turn placed population pressure on Eurasia, which led to to more people coming to the Americas. In the process, the world's human inhabitants became more genetically and ethnically interconnected. But it also led to the horrors of Atlantic slavery, which we'll be discussing next week. What are we to make of the Columbian Exchange? It devastated the population of the Americas, it led to the widespread slavery of Africans. But, it also allowed for a worldwide population increase, and the lives of some natives, including Plains tribes like the Lakota, became better and more secure—at least for a while. Fewer people have starved since the Columbian Exchange began, but the diversity of life on earth has diminished dramatically. And planting crops where they don't belong has hurt the environment. So on the whole, should we be grateful for the Columbian Exchange? And should we work to continue and deepen its legacy of globalism and monoculture? Crosby didn't think we were better off: "The Columbian exchange has included man, and he has changed the Old and New Worlds sometimes inadvertently, sometimes intentionally, often brutally. It is possible that he and the plants and animals he brings with him have caused the extinction of more species of life forms in the last four hundred years than the usual processes of evolution might kill off in a million.... The Columbian exchange has left us with not a richer but a more impoverished genetic pool. We, all of the life on the planet, are the less for Columbus, and the impoverishment will increase." But let's give you the last word today. Do you agree with Crosby? Are longer, healthier lives for more humans worth the sacrifice of an impoverished biosphere? And, most importantly, how will your conclusions about those questions shape the way you live your life? Thanks for watching. I'll see you next week.


Conquistadors in Colombia

Map of exploration routes ofAlonso de Ojeda (1499–1502 & 1509–10) Francisco Pizarro (1509–10)
Map of exploration routes of
Alonso de Ojeda (1499–1502 & 1509–10)
 Francisco Pizarro (1509–10)
4th voyage of Christopher Columbus, who touched upon later named after him Colombian, now Panamanian lands where he encountered the Kuna people(1502–04)
4th voyage of Christopher Columbus, who touched upon later named after him Colombian, now Panamanian lands where he encountered the Kuna people
Routes of conquest in Colombia with the former Muisca Confederation in the heart of Colombia in orangeby Agustín Codazzi, 1890
Routes of conquest in Colombia with the former Muisca Confederation in the heart of Colombia in orange
by Agustín Codazzi, 1890
leader in bold
Nationality Years
American Indians encountered
bold is conquered
conquest failed
Image Notes
Alonso de Ojeda Castilian 1499–1502
Kuna (2)
1515 [4]
Christopher Columbus Genovese 1502–1504 Kuna (1) 1506 [note 1]
Francisco Pizarro Extremaduran 1509–10
Kuna (2, 3, 4)
Martín Fernández de Enciso Castilian 1509–10
Kuna (2, 3) 1528 [5]
Vasco Núñez de Balboa Extremaduran 1513–19 Kuna (3) 1519
Pedro Arias Dávila Castilian 1513–19 Kuna (3) 1531 [1]
Pascual de Andagoya Basque 1515–29 Kuna (4), Inca 1548 [1]
Diego de Almagro Castilian 1515–29 Kuna (4)
Bartolomé Ruiz Castilian 1515–29 Kuna (4) 1532
Sebastián de Belalcázar Castilian 1514–39 Paez
Pijao (1)
Sutagao (1)
1551 [1][3]
Jorge Robledo Castilian 1514–46 Paez
Pijao (1)
1546 [1][note 2]
Juan de Ampudia Castilian 1514–41 Paez, Pijao (1), Nutabe 1541
Pedro de Añasco Castilian 1514–41 Paez, Pijao (1) [6]
Baltasar Maldonado Castilian 1534–52 Inca, Paez, Pijao (1), Quimbaya, Pantágora, Muisca, Choque, Inga, Kamëntsá 1552 [7][8][9][10]
Rodrigo de Bastidas Castilian 1524–25 Tairona 1527 [1]
Juan de Céspedes Castilian 1525–43 Tairona, Chimila (1, 2)
Panche (1), Sutagao (1)
1573 or 1576 [2][3][11][12][13]
Ambrosius Ehinger Bavarian 1529–33 Tairona, Wayuu
Chimila (1), Motilon (1), Chitarero (1)
1533 [1]
Pedro de Heredia Castilian 1532–38 Zenú 1554 [1]
Alonso de Heredia Castilian 1532–38 Zenú [1]
Alonso de Cáceres Extremaduran 1532–38 Zenú
Georg von Speyer Palatinatian 1535–38 Motilon (2)
Chitarero (1)
Nikolaus Federmann Bavarian 1535–39 Motilon (2), Chitarero (1)
U'wa, Lache (1)
1542 [1][3]
Miguel Holguín y Figueroa Extremaduran 1535–39 Motilon (2), Chitarero (1), U'wa, Lache (1), Muisca 1576> [2][14]
Luis Lanchero Castilian 1533–39
Muzo 1562 [15][16]
Gonzalo Jiménez
de Quesada
Granadian 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2)
Pijao (2)
1579 [1][2][3]
Juan Maldonado Castilian 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche, Pijao (2) [2][note 3]
Pedro Ruíz Corredor Castilian 1533–1601 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Inca 1601+ [2][17]
Juan de Albarracín Castilian 1536–1539 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche [2]
Juan Tafur Castilian 1518–1541 Tairona, Chimila (1,2), Muisca, Panche [2][18]
Martín Yañéz Tafur Castilian 1520–1544 Zenú, Kuna, Panche [2][19]
Antonio Díaz de Cardoso Portuguese 1526–41 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche [2][20]
Gonzalo García Zorro Extremaduran 1536–1544 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche 1566 [2]
Gonzalo Macías Extremaduran 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche, Pijao (2) 1571~ [2][21]
Hernán Pérez
de Quesada
Granadian 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2)
Muisca, Panche
Lache (2), Chitarero (3)
Achagua, Guayupe, Choque, Inga, Kamëntsá
1544 [2][3]
Gonzalo Suárez Rendón Castilian 1536–39 Tairona, Chimila (2)
zipa, Panche
1590 [2][3][22]
Juan del Junco Asturian 1536–41 Tairona, Chimila (2)
15?? [2][23]
Martín Galeano Extremaduran 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2)
Muisca, Panche
1554~ [2][3][24]
Lázaro Fonte Castilian 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2)
Muisca, Panche
Lache (2), Guayupe
1542 [2][3]
Juan de Sanct Martín Castilian 1536–39
Tairona, Chimila (2)
Muisca, Panche
Hernán Venegas Carrillo Castilian 1536–47 Tairona, Chimila (2), Panche 1583 [2][25]
Ortún Velázquez de Velasco Castilian 1536–39 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche, Chitarero (2) 1584 [2][26]
Bartolomé Camacho Zambrano Extremaduran 1536–39 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche [2]
Pedro Fernández de Valenzuela Castilian 1536–39 Tairona, Chimila (2), Muisca, Panche [2]
640+ conquistadors
mostly Castilian April 1536
April 1537
Diseases, jaguars, crocodiles, climate,
various indigenous warfare
Gaspar de Rodas Extremaduran 1539–81 Paez
1607 [27]
Juan Maldonado Castilian 1543–72 Chitarero (4) 1572
Pedro de Ursúa Navarran 1545–61 Panche
Chitarero (5)
1561 [note 4]
Juan Taborda Extremaduran 1545–69 Nutabe 1569 [28]
Juan Freyle Castilian Panche
Chitarero (5)

See also


  1. ^ Although the country Colombia is named after Columbus, he has never seen the present country of Colombia.
    Panama, where he disembarked in 1503, was part of (Gran) Colombia until 1903
  2. ^ Executed by the Governor of New Granada
  3. ^ Not the same as Juan Maldonado, who was only 11 in 1536
  4. ^ Murdered on expedition by some of his men


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Personajes de la Conquista a AméricaBanco de la República
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) List of conquistadors of the expedition led by Gonzalo Jiménez de QuesadaBanco de la República
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Conquista rápida y saqueo cuantioso de Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Alonso de OjedaBanco de la República
  5. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia – Martín Fernández de Enciso
  6. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Murder of the son of La Gaitana by Pedro de Añasco
  7. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Baltasar MaldonadoSoledad Acosta SamperBanco de la República
  8. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.88
  9. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.93
  10. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.94
  11. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Juan de CéspedesBanco de la República
  12. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Biography Juan de CéspedesBanco de la República
  13. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.69
  14. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.153
  15. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Luis LancheroBanco de la República
  16. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1979 (1638), p.56
  17. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Pedro Ruiz CorredorSoledad Acosta SamperBanco de la República
  18. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Juan TafurBanco de la RepúblicaSoledad Acosta de Samper
  19. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Martín Yañéz TafurBanco de la RepúblicaSoledad Acosta Samper
  20. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Antonio Díaz de CardosoBanco de la RepúblicaSoledad Acosta Samper
  21. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1638, p.173
  22. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1638, p.84
  23. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1638, p.61
  24. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1638, p.144
  25. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Hernán Venegas CarrilloBanco de la República
  26. ^ Rodríguez Freyle, 1638, p.xii
  27. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Gaspar de RodasBanco de la República
  28. ^ Jaramillo Mejía, William. 1996. Antioquia bajo los Austrias, Volume 1. Accessed 2017-03-08.
  29. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Biography Juan Rodríguez FreyleBanco de la República
  30. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) El Carnero – semilla de nuestro periodismoEl Tiempo


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