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The Last Days of the IncasKim Macuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conuest Drawing on both na The Last Days of the Incas is a terrifically readable history of the Spanish conuest of the Incas and Peru Whereas John Hemming's Conuest of the Incas is the definitive modern history Macuarrie brings to bear a narrative and engaging approachLast Days is historically thorough but Macuarrie writes many of the incidents of the conuest in a fictional style Often scenes are are ualified with comments like Undoubtedly Pizarro felt such and such or No doubt Manco looked out over the valley etc Once one accepts the speculative commentary for what it is it shouldn't be bothersome and is than made up for by the narrative flowThe story of the conuest is well known Pizarro co swoop into Peru with only a handful of fully armed conuistadors looking for fame and fortune This small band aided unknowingly by a smallpox plague ravaging North Central and South America kidnap and kill their way to riches and domination The Incas are able to consolidate their many tribes but the rebellions all flame out Ultimately the Spanish prevail despite their own internecine battles that ends in the death of Francisco Pizarro by Spanish handsJohn Hemming is for the hardest core academic reading of the Incan conuest Macuarrie is faster and fiction like read Both are highly recommended

Kim MacQuarrie Æ The Last Days of the Incas text

Tive and Spanish chronicles he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conuest with all its savagery and suspense This authoritativ I read a fair amount of history but the ancient peoples of Central and South America are some of my blindspots This may not have been the best place to start since the book obviously deals with the end of the Incas but I did learn uite a few facts that have piued my interest in what led up to their demise as an empireSeems the Incas were actually conuerors themselves and made up a very small minority of the actual population They had defeated all the surrounding tribes and were considered the elite of the empire There was a battle for succession raging in the Incan empire just as the Spaniards arrivedtalk about bad timingThe Spaniards were led by Fransisco Pizzaro who hailed from an impoverished rural backward area of Western Spain called Extremadura Interesting fact about the area many of the great conuistadors came from this area Balboa Ponce de Leon De Soto and Cortes all came from this same general location Signing on to or organizing an expedition was one of the few ways to rise above your station and break free from the povertyOne of the most shocking aspects was the fact that the Spaniards were able to bring down the empire with such a small number of men 168 at the very beginning They had technological advantages cannon haruebusa smoothbore gun armor and horseswhich the Inca had never seen before but one would have assumed the sheer numbers of Inca several millionno true record of actual numbers would have been able to overcome the badly outnumbered invaders I guess between the awe inspiring technology and the just concluded civil war the Inca were put in an situation they just could not overcomeAt times fascinating and sickening this was a very readable history although in hindsight probably not the best place to start

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doc ↠ The Last Days of the Incas ↠ Hardcover ☆ [Reading] ➸ The Last Days of the Incas ➮ Kim MacQuarrie – Dcmdirect.co.uk Kim Macuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conuest Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles he vividly descriE exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the South American Indians and the Spanish Conue After reading a library copy bought copies both for myself and gifts to others