The Last Days Of The Incas
by Kim MacQuarrie
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro following a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the loss of guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorersIn 1532, the fifty-four year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, on the coast of PeruUnbeknownst to the Spanish, the Incas leaders of Peru were emerging from a bloody civil war in which Emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother HuascarPizarro and his men, soon, clashed with Atahualpa and the immense strength of the Inca warriors in the Battle of CajamarcaDespite outnumbering the more than two hundred to one, the Spaniards prevailed largely to their horses, their steel armors and swords, and their tactics of surpriseThey captured and imprisoned AtahualpaAlthough the Inca emperor paid a huge ransom in gold, the Spanish executed him anywayThe following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, filling their conquest of the largest indigenous empire of the New World has ever knownPeru is now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were rich beyond their wildest dreamsBut the Incas do not willingly submitA young Inca emperor, Atahualpa’s brother, resulted from a massive rebellion against the Spanish, inflicting heavy losses on them and near the annihilation of the conquerors.Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes Cordillera and flee to the Amazon.There he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba recently rediscovered by a trio of colors, and American explorersAlthough the Incas fought a deadly disease, thirty-six years of a guerrilla war, the Spanish finally captured the last Inca emperor and defeated the native of the resistance
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