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    DescriptionIn 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 prevailed -- 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. 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 Vilcabamba. 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. Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest. Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense. MacQuarrie also relates the story of the modern search for Vilcabamba, of how Machu Picchu was discovered, and of how a trio of colorful American explorers only recently discovered the lost Inca capital of Vilcabamba, hidden for centuries in the Amazon. This authoritative, exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the South American Indians and the Spanish Conquest.


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    Title
    The Last Days of the Incas
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kim MacQuarrie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 522
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 603 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743260503
    ISBN 10: 0743260503
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DS
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLS
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR, CHRN/16CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS045000, HIS028000, HIS033000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 45
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 95
    B&T Approval Code: A15606000
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    B&T Approval Code: A17780000
    DC21: 985.02
    DC22: 985.02
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    DC22: 985/.02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: F3442 .M33 2008
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    17 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "In this thrilling informative work...MacQuarrie also manages to spin the oft-told story of the discovery of Machu Picchu into narrative gold." -- "Entertainment Weekly"