Skip to main content

The Largest Ransom Ever Paid To a Single Individual

Largest ransom ever paid was in 1532 when the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured the Inca Emperor Atahualpa. Atahualpa was held for eight months during which Pizarro extracted the largest ransom in return for a promise to free the Inca emperor. A promise he did not keep as he executed the emperor after being paid the ransom, in a ridiculous trial. The ransom was enough gold & silver to fill a room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide to a height of over 8 feet. It is difficult to specify how much they paid. However, it is recognized as the highest ransom paid in the history of mankind.

Atahualpa was awarded the last two options: be baptized as a Christian and then hanged or be burned alive. Atahualpa Chose the first option. He was baptized with the Christian name of Francisco, executed on July 26, 1533.


Popular posts from this blog

Musa Ingens - The Tallest Banana Plant in the World

W hen we hear the word “Banana,” it reminds us an edible fruit with tiny seed or seedless, grow on the banana plant (herb). Have you ever heard of Musa Ingens, the giant banana? It is a rare banana species that can reach surprising sizes.

When NASA’s Mars Mission Failed For Stupid Reason

A ll human beings make mistakes, and NASA is no exception. It is important to learn from this mistake that highlighted the importance of physical units and how they can affect our real life. This is the story of one of the failed mission of NASA.

The Death of Richard Parker And Cannibalism - Shipwreck Case (1884)

T he English yacht Mignonette was a 19.43 net tonnage, a 52-foot cruiser built in 1867. It was an inshore boat, not made for long voyages. In 1883, she was purchased as a leisure vessel by Australian lawyer John Henry Want. The yacht could only reasonably be transported to Australia by sailing, but she was a small vessel and the prospect of a 24,000-km voyage hampered Want's initial attempts to find a suitable crew. She finally set sail for Sydney from Southampton on 19 May 1884 with a crew of four: Tom Dudley, the captain; Edwin Stephens; Edmund Brooks; and Richard Parker, the cabin boy. Parker was 17 years old and an inexperienced seaman. O n 5 July, the yacht was running before a gale, around 2,600 km northwest of the Cape of Good Hope. Though the weather was by no means extreme and the vessel was not in any difficulties, Dudley gave the order to heave to so that the crew could enjoy a good night's sleep. As the manoeuvre was completed, and Parker was sent below to pr