Conquering of the Incans

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Conquering of the Incans

Post  Brock M. Hay on Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:11 pm

The Incans were a peaceful people, perhaps not as much as the Aztecs from some anthropologists's opinions, but they were peaceful all the same. The first contact between Pizarro with his conquistadores and the Incans took place in 1530, the Incans treated them nicely, probably with the same motive as the Aztecs as to make them leave. In 1533 Pizarro and his men reached Cuzco, where they met Altuhalpa. Altuhalpa was a very confident man, so confident in fact that he already knew all about the Aztec conquering that took place by the hands of these white people, yet he still let the group of armoured soldiers enter within the very square of his city, and insulted their religion. It was the preists first who approached him, they demanded that he convert his empire to Chrsitianity or else the Spanish would kill them all in the merciless name of god, then one of the priests handed Altuhalpa a bible. The mighty emperor merely flipped through a few pages, said "this deoes not speak to me" then through it on the ground. Immediately the Spanish drew their swords and slaguhtered nearly every single Incan that was gathered in that plaza in Cuzco. The Spanish captured Altuhalpa alive, and imprisoned him. They told the Incans that they wanted seven tons of gold, and seven tons of silver, and for months until this was payed, the Spanish went about slaughtering Incans by the thousand per day. What happened to these valuable artifacts of gold and silver? The Spanish melted them into blocks, to ship back to their home nation. After the debt as payed the Spanish still did not let Altuhalpa go, the demanded that if Altuhalpa converted to Christianity, they would hang him instead of burning him to death. This was very serious for the Incas, because a death by bruning meant the death of ones eternal living soul, and that victim would have no afterlife, but an eternity of nothingness. Altuhalpa did convert to Christianity, a betrayal in many of the Incan's eyes, but then Altuhalpa's body was burnt anyway, after his hanging. For the next many years Spanish came pouring into he Andes region, for many years Pizarro and his men chased Altuhalpa around the Andes, and the Amazon, until one day, fatigue and trators finally killed Pizarro, and tired the conquisadores into leaving. Now the ancestors of the Incans celebrate their culture in various areas of Chile and Peru, living to keep their heritage alive.
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