History of the Conquest of Peru, with a preliminary view of the civilization of the Incas

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Author Name:Prescott, William H.


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1847 edition.
Excerpt: ...to afford every facility for the execution of his designs.
Fortunately, just before this period, a small body of military adventurers had come to Panama from the mother-country, burning with desire to make their fortunes in the New World.
They caught much more eagerly than the old and wary colonists at the golden bait held out to them; and with their addition, and that of a few supernumerary stragglers who hung about the town, Almagro found himself at the head of a reinforcement of at least eighty men, with which, having laid in a fresh supply of stores, he again set sail for the Rio de San Juan.
The arrival of the new recruits all eager to follow up the expedition, the comfortable change in their circumstances produced by an ample supply of refreshments, and the glowing pictures of the wealth that awaited them in the south, all had their effect on the dejected spirits of Pizarro's followers.
Their late toils and privations were speedily forgotten, and, with the buoyant and variable feelings incident to a freebooter's life, they now called as eagerly on their commander to go forward in the voyage, as they had before called on him to abandon it.
Availing themselves of the renewed spirit of enterprise, the captains embarked on board their vessels, and, under the guidance of the veteran pilot, steered in the same track he had lately pursued.' But the favourable season for a southern course, which in these latitudes lasts but a few months in the year, had been suffered to escape.
The breezes blew steadily towards the north, and a strong current, not far from shore, set in the same direction.
The winds frequently rose into tempests, and the unfortunate voyagers were tossed about, for many days, in the boiling surges, amidst the most awful storms of...


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Comment List (Total:17)

  •     Tremendous information, on the conquest of Peru, including valuable information of the Aztecs and Mayans. It takes a little time to get accustomed to the verbosity of an 1800's historical document.
  •     A strange book as over half is English, but then it finishes the thought in Spanish. Sounds odd, but it is quite long and I feel that I got a good idea of the Spanish Conquest of Peru and Ecuador all the same. Highly informative.
  •     Good stuff. Old fashioned language and he overdoes his analysis of source documents and writers. But, a gripping tale of greed and man's inhumanity to man. The Pizzaro brothers do not come off well.
  •     Too many footnotes to make it easy reading. Story is worthwhile but might be better to eliminate the footnotes for an English version as most of them are in Spanish
  •     Fascinating reading!
  •     Interesting material but not easy to read. The writing style was not to my liking and yet I gave it three stars because some of the content was interesting.
  •     well written prose account of the history of the Incas.
  •     Priceless
  •     A very informative book it introduces some new facts
  •     While the linguistic style is somewhat dated, the facts are well supported. For anyone travellingto Cuzco or Machu Pichu, this is a wonderful source of information about the Incas, their leadersat the time of the conquest, and the cavaliers who upset their empire.
  •     A bit lengthy but informative.
  •     I thought this was another book I read before. It was a good book.
  •     This book starts with the an introduction of Incas before the Spanish arrival. Even from the Spanish perspective, Incas were peaceful, harmonious, and had no interests in things like gold and silver as currencies of trade. The intriguing part of this introduction is how similar this is to the Tang Dynasty in China when people slept with unlocked doors, and lost items can be retrieved with relative ease. The difference, it seems, is the relatively primitive nature of how the Incas interpreted the Sun and God, which seems logical to connect the nature of the original incas from China but lost contact back in China so they interpreted based on their impressions instead of continuous improvements. This can be invaluable to illustrate the need for Moral Innovations.The Spanish arrived after Pope Alexander VI, who was of Spanish descent, gave the land to the Spain in 1494 under the Treaty of Tordesillas. Hernan Cortes had conquered the Mexicans, when the Pizarro family of illiterates, led by the illegitimate son Francisco Pizarro, took advantage of the offer by the Half Aztec Half Incas King Atahuallpa soon after he imprisoned his Incas brother Huascar. Atahuallpa was held hostage in exchange for 124 tons of gold plus jewellry, then was executed after the random was paid. Atahuallpa was also under severe duress to convert to Christianity just before he was executed, in hopes of trying to save his family, but only saved his burial place back in Quito.There is nothing in this book that talk about how much gold and silver were taken from the New World, and there is insufficient information on Land Rights in the New World. What law did the Spanish invoke to transfer the land rights, and the associated minerals underground, to the Spanish? It was all guns and exploitations. All these activities were taken under the name of Christianity, specifically Catholicism. Is this really how Christianity want to be remembered? At the end, Gasca seems to be a Moral Innovator who stabilized the turmoil in current day Peru, but there is also nothing in this book about the national boundaries of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivai, Chile, Columbia, Panama and Mexico. The cities mentioned in this book cross many country boundaries today.As the book suggested that Incas may have been Chinese or at least in contact with China, if the Incas had maintained a dialogue with the Chinese, then the Chinese would have been better prepared to negotiated with the British in the 19th century, and perhaps the Opium War could have been averted.How can Spain expect an orderly empire by sending people like Pizarro to the New World? King Philip II of Spain was collecting 20% of everything found in the New World, just so he can assemble his Armada to try to defeat England. His efforts were annihilated in 1588 when he lost his Armada, but alerted the French and the British that there is a lot of money in the New World, so the French landed in Canada in 1604, and Puritans in 1618. That is another story. We need to better understand a world of Moral Innovations...
  •     For those who are interested in the history of Latin America this book by Prescott cannot be equaled. For those who have been to Peru or are planning to go there, this is an essential book to read.
  •     Although 150-years old, and thus without the benefit of more recent discoveries, this well-documented book is important to understand both the Inca theocracy and the shocking greed and brutality -- but also extraordinary courage -- of the handful of Spanish conquerors. (It is of a piece that they ended up devouring each other, a story which the book tells in cold and unsparing detail.) Those interested in the history and the region would do well to follow the History of the Conquest of Peru by reading the very recent "Inca", by Geoff Micks -- a splendid book weaving research and fiction to illustrate through the narrative of a high-ranking Inca noble the orderly complexity and achievements of the Inca system as well as the internal fissures without which the conquest could never have taken place.
  •     Great book,.!!!
  •     Great purchase!

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