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The Last Conquistador: Mansio Serra De Leguizamon and the Conquest of the Incas

Stirling, Stuart

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ISBN 10: 075092246X / ISBN 13: 9780750922463
Published by Sutton Pub Ltd, United Kingdom, 2000
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Title: The Last Conquistador: Mansio Serra De ...

Publisher: Sutton Pub Ltd, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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The Inca civilization of Peru was one of the greatest of the ancient civilizations of the Americas. In the 1530s the Spanish, led by the conquistador Pizarro, arrived in Peru. In their search for gold, they devastated the Inca culture, destroying its treasures, killing its leaders and bringing to an end the infrastructure of its empire.
With Pizarro came one Mansio Serra de Leguizamon, who became the last of the Spanish conquistadors to die. This book tells his amazing story. He died at the age of seventy-eight, leaving a unique and famous apology for the conquest in his will. This book takes this remarkable document as its starting point, weaving a fascinating, sometimes disturbing tale of the vicious subjugation of the Inca civilization.

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The Andes are rocky and this book is mountainous. It's all about Leguizamon, a top lieutenant of Francisco Pizzarro during the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire. Leguizamon accompanies Pizzarro on his many forays into Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Tahuantinsuyo, and the eventual swallowing up of all of Peru by the Spaniards. Pizzarro and his brother, Juan, and one of his generals, Diego de Almagro, figure largely in all the episodes, which are presented by Stirling in a basic, often arid, prose style. The adventures of the Spaniards and the Incas are eye-popping, to be sure, but Stirling's textbook approach undercuts his own extensive research, much of which does include diary entries from the conquistadores and, in some cases, the captured Incas. Many of the later adventures are revealed in an extremely well researched and translated appendix, in the words of Leguizamon himself, making this book a credible close-up look at the conquest and the crumbling of the most powerful empire in the Americas. Joe Collins

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