By Kim MacQuarrie
The epic tale of the autumn of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro within the aftermath of a bloody civil struggle, and the new 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 beaches of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had simply fought a bloody civil struggle within which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his males quickly clashed with Atahualpa and a big strength of Inca warriors on the conflict of Cajamarca. regardless of being outnumbered by means of greater than 200 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 big ransom in gold, the Spaniards done him besides. the subsequent 12 months, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, finishing their conquest of the biggest local empire the recent international 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 an incredible uprising opposed to the Spaniards, causing heavy casualties and approximately wiping out the conquerors. ultimately, even though, Pizarro and his males compelled the emperor to desert the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he proven a hidden capital, referred to as Vilcabamba—only lately rediscovered by means of a trio of colourful American explorers. even though the Incas fought a dangerous, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla battle, the Spanish eventually captured the final Inca emperor and vanquished the local resistance.