Last Days of the Incas

ISBN-10: 0743260503
ISBN-13: 9780743260503
Edition: N/A
Authors: Kim MacQuarrie
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Description: In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca. Despite being outnumbered by more than two hundred to one, the Spaniards prevailed -- due largely to their horses, their steel armor and swords, and their tactic of surprise. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. Although the Inca emperor paid an enormous ransom in gold, the Spaniards executed him anyway. The following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. Peru was now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. But the Incas did not submit willingly. A young Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, soon led a massive rebellion against the Spaniards, inflicting heavy casualties and nearly wiping out the conquerors. Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba. Although the Incas fought a deadly, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla war, the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor and vanquished the native resistance. Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest. Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense. MacQuarrie also relates the story of the modern search for Vilcabamba, of how Machu Picchu was discovered, and of how a trio of colorful American explorers only recently discovered the lost Inca capital of Vilcabamba, hidden for centuries in the Amazon. This authoritative, exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the South American Indians and the Spanish Conquest.

Kim MacQuarrie is a four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and award-winning author who has lived and worked all over the world. Educated in the US and France, he lived for five years in Peru and spent some of that time living with a recently contacted tribe in the Amazon jungle, only 100 miles from Machu Picchu. He is the author of Adventures in the Andes and The Last Days of the Incas, as well as three illustrated books about Peru. He currently divides his time between the US, Peru, and Thailand. Visit him at KimMacQuarrie.com.

Chronology of Events
Preface
The Discovery
A Few Hundred Well-Armed Entrepreneurs
Supernova of the Andes
When Empires Collide
A Roomful of Gold
Requirem for a King
The Puppet King
Prelude to a Rebellion
The Great Rebellion
Death in the Andes
The Return of the One-Eyed Conqueror
In the Realm of the Antis
Vilcabamba: Guerrilla Capital of the World
The Last of the Pizarros
The Incas' Last Stand
The Search for the "Lost City" of the Incas
Vilcabamba Rediscovered
Epilogue: Machu Picchu, Vilcabamba, and the Search for the Lost Cities of the Andes
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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