Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Last Days of the Incas: Struggle and Resistance

The Last Days of the Incas is an absorbing play-by-play account of the Spaniards haphazard conquest of Incas in what is today modern-day Peru. While horses, armor and gunpowder were huge advantages for the conquistadors, the Incas mounted an effective and deadly counter insurgency and that was responsible for claiming many lives.

It's a captivating read that upsets many assumptions about the conquest. During the first few years the Spanish were bickering among themselves and almost divided the empire while Manco Inca, the emperor, was attempting to push them into the sea.

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