The Inca Empire, which flourished in modern day Peru and along the west coast of South America, was the largest Native American empire in pre-Columbian America until Pizarro and the Spanish conquistadors conquered them in the 16th century. What ultimately sealed their doom was the rumor that huge amounts of gold were available in regions south of the Andes Mountains.
In 1532, the 54-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.
"Quit while you are ahead"
The story of the Incas is a powerful one, and their legacy remains a potent influence in the Andes of South America. In this insightful lecture series, Columbia University professor Terence D'Altroy focuses on Inca life at the height of the empire, the society's origins, its military, religion, ruling structure, and finally, the Inca legacy today.
"Interesting, comprehensive intro to the Incas"
Adentrarse en la cultura Inca es el viaje increíble que nos propone Patricia Temoche en este audio libro. Conocer la historia de los guerreros de los Andes y su rápida expansión a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico hasta que gobernó Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, nordeste de Chile, noroeste de Argentina y sur de Colombia.
During the Age of Exploration, Native American tribes fell victim to European conquerors seeking legendary cities made of gold and other riches, attempts that were often made in vain. And yet of all the empires that were conquered across the continent, the one that continues to be most intimately associated with legends of gold and hidden riches is the Inca Empire.
Han pasado 10 años desde que Cortés conquistó México y más allá, el legendario y poderoso imperio de los incas, llega a su máximo esplendor, abarcando parte de Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia y Chile. Este inmenso territorio, recibirá una verdadera legión de conquistadores que con el brío de la ambición y la búsqueda de la gloria, fundan ciudades, llevan su lengua, su religión y su cultura a todo lo largo y ancho del Nuevo Mundo.