Empire of the Inca by Jerome Clark

By Jerome Clark

Inca Empire opens with a short precis of the Inca Empire that gives a feeling of the realm and the geographic quarter within the years prime as much as the empire. utilizing available and full of life prose, this quantity explores the background and tradition of this attention-grabbing civilization, making background appropriate through highlighting the information and goods that originated within the empire and are nonetheless encountered within the glossy international, equivalent to potatoes and jerky, phrases from the Quechua language, and cellular army box hospitals.

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The Neo-Inca movement arose because the Spanish treated Peruvians as enslaved people. The economic circumstances resembled sharecropping in the southern United States after the Civil War. The Peruvians farmed land that they did not own and paid heavily for the privilege. There was no way to escape the grinding cycle of poverty that subjugated the Peruvians and made the Spanish wealthy. Following Juan Santos Atahuallpa, the Peruvian rebels threw a Spanish corregidor (royal administrator) and his brother-in-law off a cliff—the time-honored Inca method of punishment.

The Roman Catholic Church sent missionaries in droves to convert the “heathens” to Christianity. Priests and friars destroyed Inca icons 54 T HE FI NA L YEA RS OF I NCA RU LE recklessly, in a frenzied attempt to eradicate all signs of idol worship among their flock. The people soon learned to conceal their knowledge of huacas (holy sites, usually found in nature), temples, and religious rituals, lest the priests destroy every vestige of Inca heritage. The priests banned Inca infant, puberty, and marriage rituals, replacing Inca tradition with European customs.

Unfortunately, Pizarro saw only the precious metal and not the valuable emblems of Inca heritage. He ordered his men to melt down every plate, goblet, and decoration into ingots, which could be transported more easily than ornaments. 50 an ounce), would be about $75 million today. 5 million. Intact as artifacts, Pizarro’s booty today would be worth billions. 52 According to historians, the imprisoned Huáscar realized his brother’s captains had orders to execute him. Just before he died in 1532, Huáscar said, “I was lord and master of this land for only a very short time, but my traitorous brother, upon whose orders I shall soon die, despite the fact that I am his legitimate lord, will wield the power he usurped for an even shorter time than I did,” (as quoted in The Incas: The Royal Commentaries of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega).

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