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The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 prevailedand#8212;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 Vilcabambaand#8212;only recently rediscovered by a trio of colorful American explorers. 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.

About the Author

Kim MacQuarrie is a four-time Emmy Awardand#8211;winning filmmaker who has lived and worked all over the world. 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 three illustrated books about Peru and now lives in Washington, DC. Visit him at

Table of Contents


Chronology of Events


1. The Discovery

2. A Few Hundred Well-Armed Entrepreneurs

3. Supernova of the Andes

4. When Empires Collide

5. A Roomful of Gold

6. Requiem for a King

7. The Puppet King

8. Prelude to a Rebellion

9. The Great Rebellion

10. Death in the Andes

11. The Return of the One-Eyed Conqueror

12. In the Realm of the Antis

13. Vilcabamba: Guerrilla Capital of the World

14. The Last of the Pizarros

15. The Incas' Last Stand

16. The Search for the "Lost City" of the Incas

17. Vilcabamba Rediscovered

Epilogue: Machu Picchu, Vilcabamba, and the Search for the Lost Cities of the Andes





Product Details

Macquarrie, Kim
Simon & Schuster
MacQuarrie, Kim
Latin America - South America
Native American
Europe - Spain & Portugal
South America
Peru History Conquest, 1522-1548.
Vilcabamba Site (Peru)
World History-South America
francisco pizzaro, conquistadors, peru, inca civil war, atahualpa, huascar, battle of cajamarca, cuzco, southern american history, peruvian history, city of gold, el dorado, quito, hernan cortes, mayans, aztecs, conquering the new world, european explorer
francisco pizzaro, conquistadors, peru, inca civil war, atahualpa, huascar, battle of cajamarca, cuzco, southern american history, peruvian history, city of gold, el dorado, quito, hernan cortes, mayans, aztecs, conquering the new world, european explorer
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History and Social Science » Archaeology » Incas and Peru
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