By Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Ralph Bauer
To be had in English for the 1st time, An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru is a firsthand account of the Spanish invasion, narrated in 1570 via Diego de Castro Titu Cusi Yupanqui—the penultimate ruler of the Inca dynasty—to a Spanish missionary and transcribed by way of Titu Cusi's mestizo secretary.
Titu Cusi tells of his father's maltreatment by the hands of the Spaniards; his father's resulting army campaigns, withdrawal and homicide; and his personal succession as ruler. This bright narrative illuminates the Incan view of the Spanish invaders and gives a huge account of local peoples' resistance, lodging, swap, and survival within the face of the Spanish conquest.
Ralph Bauer's striking translation, annotations, and advent provide serious context and historical past for an entire knowing of Titu Cusi's occasions and the importance of his phrases. Co-winner of the 2005 Colorado Endowment for the arts booklet Prize.
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Indeed, not long after the completion of Titu Cusi’s account, Marcos García was expelled from Vilcabamba, leaving behind his Augustinian brother Diego Ortiz. In the long run, his expulsion turned out to be lucky for Marcos García. When in 1571 Titu Cusi suddenly fell ill and died within a few days, the Vilcabamba Incas blamed Ortiz and demanded that he resuscitate their leader. 16 The missionary’s death was subsequently used to justify the invasion of Vilcabamba and the execution of Topa Amaru (see Ocampo 215–216).
Noncompliance was legitimate ground for the commencement of violent conquest. 19 Thus, Juan de Betanzos—a Spaniard who was married to Atahuallpa’s sister (Francisco Pizarro’s former mistress), Doña Angelina Yupanqui, who told the story of the Conquest as remembered by her family—wrote that, after the interpreter had explained to Atahuallpa that he should “obey the captain [Pizarro] who was also the son of the Sun, and that was what . . the painting in the book said,” Atahuallpa “asked for the book and, taking it in his hands he opened it.
A quipucamayoc interpreting quipus. From Guaman Poma de Ayala, Nueva corónica y buen gobierno. By kind permission of the Royal Library at Copenhagen (GKS 2232 4to) —28— INTRODUCTION tern of rhythmical symmetry over certain passages. For purposes of illustration we might represent such a passage here in stanza. It relates the convergence of the various lords and their armies from the four parts of the Tahuantinsuyu during Manco Inca’s siege of Cuzco: From Carmenga, which lies in the direction of the Chinchaysuyu, Came Coriatao, Cuillas, and Taipi, with many others In order to close the city’s exit in that direction with their hordes.