Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Aguirre, Lope de

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AGUIRRE, Lope de, Spanish adventurer, b. in Oñate; d. in Venezuela in October, 1561. He accompanied Ursua in the search for Eldorado on the American continent, instigated him to seize upon the supreme command, and then murdered him and succeeded to his place. He committed a series of crimes, and finally met with a violent death.