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History of the conquest of Peru

Author: William Hickling Prescott
Publisher: New York : The Heritage Press, [1957]
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In a series of episodes as fantastic as any fiction, a powerful civilization crumbled at the hands of a small band of warriors. Written by one of America's great historians, this gripping chronicle draws upon the firsthand accounts of eminent sixteenth-century captains and statesmen to relate the overthrow of the Inca empire by the Spanish adventurers under Pizarro's command. Author William H. Prescott's immensely  Read more...
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Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859.
History of the conquest of Peru.
New York, Heritage Press [1957]
(OCoLC)663675264
Named Person: Francisco Pizarro
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Hickling Prescott
OCLC Number: 1236979
Description: lii, 504 p. : col. illus., col. map. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. Introduction: View of the civilization of the Incas : Physical aspect of the country ; Sources of Peruvian civilization ; Empire of the Incas ; Royal family ; Nobility ; Orders of the state ; Provisions for justice ; Division of lands ; Revenues and registers ; Great roads and posts ; Military tactics and policy ; Peruvian religion ; Deities ; Gorgeous temples ; Festivals ; Virgins of the sun ; Marriage ; Education ; Quipus ; Astronomy ; Agriculture ; Aqueducts ; Guano ; Important esculents ; Peruvian sheep ; Great hunts ; Manufactures ; Mechanical skill ; Architecture ; Concluding reflections II. Discovery of Peru : Ancient and modern science ; Art of navigation ; maritime discovery ; Spirit of the Spaniards ; Possessions in the New World ; Rumors concerning Peru ; Francisco Pizarro ; His early history ; First expedition to the South ; Distresses of the voyagers ; Sharp encounters ; Return to Panama ; Almagro's expedition ; The famous contract ; Second expedition ; Ruiz explores the coast ; Pizarro's sufferings in the forests ; Arrival of new recruits ; Fresh discoveries and disasters ; Pizarro on the Isle of Gallo ; Indignation of the governor ; Stern resolution of Pizarro ; Prosecution of the voyage ; Brilliant aspects of Tumbez ; Discoveries along the coast ; Return to Panama ; Pizarro embarks for Spain III. Conquest of Peru : Pizarro's reception at court ; His capitulation with the crown ; He visits his birthplace ; Returns to the New World ; Difficulties with Almagro ; His third expedition ; Rich Indian booty ; Battles in the Isle of Puna ; Peru at the time of the conquest ; Reign of Huayna Capac ; The Inca brothers ; Contest for the empire ; Triumph and cruelties of Atahuallpa ; The Spaniards land at Tumbez ; Pizarro reconnoitres the country ; Foundation of San Miguel ; March into the interior ; Embassy from the Inca ; Adventures on the march ; Reach the foot of the Andes ; Severe passage of the Andes ; Embassies from Atahuallpa ; The Spaniards reach Caxamalca ; Embassy to the Inca ; Interview with the Inca ; Despondency of the Spaniards ; Desperate plan of Pizarro ; Atahuallpa visits the Spaniards ; Horrible massacre ; The Inca a prisoner ; Conduct of the conquerors ; Splendid promises of the Inca ; Death of Huascar ; gold arrives for the ransom ; Visit to Pachacamac ; Demolition of the idol ; The Inca's favorite general ; The Inca's life in confinement ; Envoy's conduct in Cuzco ; Arrival of Almagro ; Immense amount of treasure ; Its division among the troops ; Rumors of a rising ; Trial of the Inca ; His execution ; Reflections ; Disorders in Peru ; March to Cuzco ; Encounter with the natives ; Challcuchima burnt ; Arrival in Cuzco ; Description of the city ; Treasure found there ; New Inca crowned ; Municipal regulations ; Terrible march of Alvarado ; Interview with Pizarro ; Foundation of Lima ; Hernando Pizzaro reaches Spain ; Sensation at court ; Feuds of Almagro and the Pizarros ; Escape of the Inca ; Return of Hernando Pizarro ; Rising of the Peruvians ; Siege and burning of Cuzco ; Distresses of the Spaniards ; Storming of the fortress ; Pizarro's dismay ; The Inca raises the siege ; The Spaniards are compelled to retreat IV. Civil wars of the conquerors : Almagro's march to Chili ; Sufferings of the troops ; He returns and seizes Cuzco ; Action of Abancay ; Gaspar de Espinosa ; Almagro leaves Cuzco ; Negotiations with Pizarro ; First civil war ; Almagro retreats to Cuzco ; Battle of Las Salinas ; Cruelty of the conquerors ; Trial and execution of Almagro ; His character ; Pizarro revisits Cuzco ; Hernando returns to Castile ; His long imprisonment ; Commissioner sent to Peru ; Hostilities with the Inca ; Pizzaro's active administration ; Gonzalo Pizzaro ; Gonzalo Pizarro's expedition ; Passage across the mountains ; Discovers the Napo ; Incredible sufferings ; Orellana sails down the Amazon ; Despair of the Spaniards ; The survivors return to Quito ; The Almagro faction ; Their desperate condition ; Conspiracy against Francisco Pizarro ; Assassination of Pizarro ; Acts of the conspirator's ; Pizarro's character ; Movements of the conspirators ; Advance of Vaca de Castro ; Proceedings of Almagro ; Progress of the governor ; The forces approach each other ; Bloody plains of Chupas ; Conduct of Vaca de Castro ; Abuses by the conquerors ; Code of the colonies ; Great excitement in Peru ; Blasco Nunez the viceroy ; His severe policy ; Opposed by Gonzalo Pizzaro ; Assumes the title of procurator ; The viceroy arrives at Lima ; Gonzalo Pizarro marches from Cuzco ; Death of the Inca Manco ; Rash conduct of the viceroy ; Seized and deposed by the audience ; Gonzalo proclaimed governor of Peru ; Measure of Gonzalo Pizarro ; Escape of Vaca de Castro ; Reappearance of the viceroy ; His disastrous retreat ; Defeat and death of the viceroy ; Gonzalo Pizarro Lord of Peru ; Rejoicings of the people V. Settlement of the country : Great sensation in Spain ; Pedro de la Gasca ; His early life ; His mission to Peru ; His politic conduct ; His offers to Pizarro ; gains the fleet ; Gasca assembles his forces ; Defection of Gonzalo Pizzarro's followers ; He musters his levies ; Agitation i Lima ; He abandons the city ; Gasca sails from Panama ; Bloody battle of Huarina ; Dismay in Gasca's camp ; His winter quarters ; Resumes his march ; Crosses the Apurimac ; Pizarro's conduct in Cuzco ; He encamps near the city ; Rout of Xaquixaguana ; Execution of Carbajal ; Bonzalo Pizarro beheaded ; Spoils of victory ; Wise reforms by Gasca ; He returns to Spain ; His death and character.
Responsibility: Introd. by Samuel Eliot Morison. Illus. by Everett Gee Jackson.

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In a series of episodes as fantastic as any fiction, a powerful civilization crumbled at the hands of a small band of warriors. Written by one of America's great historians, this gripping chronicle draws upon the firsthand accounts of eminent sixteenth-century captains and statesmen to relate the overthrow of the Inca empire by the Spanish adventurers under Pizarro's command. Author William H. Prescott's immensely readable narrative crackles with drama as he characterizes both conqueror and conquered. Rich in vivid anecdotes, it recaptures the glories of Inca society before European contact, and it paints fascinating portraits of the conquistadors and their courage, cruelty, and pride. Prescott's reconstructions of the attitudes and motivations behind the tumultuous events of the Spanish conquest offer memorable, insightful views of New World history that have made this book a popular classic. - Amazon

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