The goal of this book is to provide an alternative historical narrative of the encounter between the Incas and the Spanish that took place during the 20-year transition from contact to colony during 1531 to 1550. The setting is the high mountainous landscape that was the huge extent of the Inca empire, from present-day Ecuador to the north of Argentina and Chile, and in particular the Inca capital city of Cuzco and its environs. Gonzalo Lamana challenges prevailing interpretations of the extraordinary series of events that led to the defeat of the Incas, which are dominated by diverse and rich accounts of conquistadors, witnesses, indigenous participants, and others biased by sixteenth-century Western/Spanish modes of articulation and translation. He presents the long-accepted readings of the early accounts that contrast the heroic superiority of the Christians (Spaniards) with that of their pagan, inferior enemies, but challenges current scholarship that perpetuates similar ideas...

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