In Lima, Francisco Pizarro, the governor of Peru and the person most responsible for the conquest of the Inca culture, is murdered by his Spanish adversaries.
Public domain image courtesy of Amable-Paul Coutan via Wikimedia Commons.Francisco Pizarro, an illegitimate and uneducated Spaniard who at one point in his life had herded the family’s pigs, is generally regarded as the undisputed leader of the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire.Pizarro was ignorant yet astute enough to quickly identify faults in the Inca government and capitalize on those shortcomings.
The conquest of the Inca empire by Francisco Pizarro is often regarded as one of the most remarkable accomplishments in the annals of military history. In 1532, less than two hundred Spanish conquistadors fought an army numbering in the thousands in the span of a single day and captured Emperor Atahualpa, the ruthless ruler of the Inca Empire.
The Spanish conquistador Pizarro and his men were greatly assisted in their enterprise by invading during a time when the Inca Empire was in the midst of a war of succession between the princes Huáscar and Atahualpa. This allowed them to take advantage of the chaos that ensued as a result of the conflict.
In the year 1532, he was able to capture Atahualpa, who was the Emperor of the powerful Inca Empire, with only a tiny band of Spaniards. Eventually, he was successful in leading his troops to victory over the Inca, during which time he amassed staggering amounts of gold and silver.
The Spanish explorer and conqueror Francisco Pizarro lays a trap on the Inca ruler, Atahualpa, on November 16, 1532.
It is the year 1532, and a group of conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro are making their way through the Andes in order to capture the Inca Empire.
Although the decline of the Incan Empire can be attributed to a number of factors, such as the introduction of new diseases and technological advances in armament, the adept political maneuvering of the Spanish was a significant contributor to the collapse of this once-mighty empire.
Atahualpa, the brother who emerged triumphant from the civil war, had a brief tenure as emperor. It all started in 1529 and continued all the way until 1532.
Conquistadors from Spain led by Hernán Cortés formed an alliance with indigenous peoples in order to take Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire. The Spanish were able to take control of Tenochtitlan because to their superior armament as well as a terrible outbreak of smallpox that occurred during the 93 days that Cortés’ army laid siege to the city.
Any of the leaders in the Spanish conquest of America, particularly in the 16th century in Mexico and Peru, is referred to as a conquistador. The word ″conquistador″ comes from the Spanish word ″conquista,″ which means ″conqueror.″
The Inca were able to field vast armies that numbered in the tens or hundreds of thousands and were led by skillful generals and veteran troops. The Spanish were vastly outnumbered by their adversaries, but with to their horses, armor, and weaponry, they were able to gain an advantage that was insurmountable for their foes.
Atahuallpa, the last emperor of the Inca empire, met with a Spanish priest who urged him to convert to Christianity and to Charles V. After Atahuallpa’s refusal, Pizarro’s soldiers attacked, captured, and ultimately killed Atahuallpa. This allowed Pizarro to seize Cuzco and essentially conquer the empire. Atahuallpa was executed after his capture.
Inti. The sun god Inti had the highest position in the Inca pantheon of gods and goddesses.