Back before the real Samurai wars in Japan, Spain found istelf emerging from a dark age and into an awkward stage of prosperity. The new world had been discovered, but little was known about it, and little had been brought back to fuel the Spanish coffers. The country had more problems than prosperity. There were wars with the remaining Moors to the South, and trade disputes all along the Spanish Main. In the days before heavy gunships, and even truly widespread rifle use, the sight of a pair of pistols was enough to make any man think twice before breaking the law. Even those knights who still boasted full plate armor. Francisco was a captain of his own craft, and mande many journeys before Colombus brought back information of the West Indies. He only made one journey that far, but found little and returned to routes along the African coast, and through the Mediterranean. Everywhere he went, he brough new facets of culture. Over time, independant sailors like Francisco were able to spread infomation and new goods so well that the renaissance left Italy, and made its way to the rest of Europe. Though he would never live to see Spain fully out of the Dark Ages, the cougar caused quite the uproar with his own exploits, and that was good enough for him. I do realize that the technicality of having guns in theis picture might seem to be pushing the rules, but, remaining true to the time period, guns did not see widespead use until fifty years later when they were adopted by many militaries, but still many Spaniards rode into battle in full plate. Francisco exists in a transitioal period before what we would call a more enlightened era, and so becuse of that, I feel that he is able to fit into this gallery. Pistols of that nature have existed since the early 1300's, and Portugal was one of the first nations to begin Eurpopean production of the unstable weapons.