The Last Days of the Incas

The Last Days of the Incas

Kim MacQuarrie

The epic tale of the autumn of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro within the aftermath of a bloody civil warfare, and the hot discovery of the misplaced guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, through 3 American explorers.

In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a strength of 167 males, together with his 4 brothers, to the seashores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had simply fought a bloody civil struggle during which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his males quickly clashed with Atahualpa and a tremendous strength of Inca warriors on the conflict of Cajamarca. regardless of being outnumbered via greater than 2 hundred to 1, the Spaniards prevailed—due mostly to their horses, their metal armor and swords, and their tactic of shock. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. even supposing the Inca emperor paid a huge ransom in gold, the Spaniards finished him besides. the next yr, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, finishing their conquest of the most important local empire the hot global has ever recognized. Peru used to be now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors have been filthy rich past their wildest dreams.

But the Incas didn't put up willingly. a tender Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, quickly led a huge uprising opposed to the Spaniards, causing heavy casualties and approximately wiping out the conquerors. finally, besides the fact that, Pizarro and his males pressured the emperor to desert the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he verified a hidden capital, known as Vilcabamba—only lately rediscovered via a trio of colourful American explorers. even supposing the Incas fought a perilous, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla warfare, the Spanish eventually captured the final Inca emperor and vanquished the local resistance.

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