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  • The Last Days of the Incas

    I just finished this book by Kim MacQuarrie. It’s interesting that you learn how the Incas lived, and how their empire worked, but it deals primarily with their demise from the Spanish invasion. It gets a little depressing, and it took me a long time to finish it. Not high on my recommendations. You will get an appreciation for how they lived though. You wonder how an empire of close to 10 million could be taken over by an initial force of 168 Spaniards.
    Gary

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    I've often wondered if the NA had wiped out those very first European expeditionary forces-- Spanish, Dutch, English & French--how many years it would have taken for them to try again. Or would invasion (because ultimately that's what it became) have then come from the Far East? Interesting to speculate an alternate history.
    Child of the tides

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    • #3
      It seems every book I pick up from the west coast to the East it the Spanish were such a force . I should just sit down and look up a link about and Serb what their history says about them leaving . Even Christopher Columbus , his ships have Spanish names .
      Time to brush up on forgotten history for me and bring it to the present to understand the invasions I am now finding out about .

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      • #4
        Spanish ... my typos are getting worse .. time for a upgrade in my reading glasses .

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        • #5
          After Cortez conquered the Aztecs, other Spaniards, such as Pizzaro, went out searching for empires to conquer. He found the Incas in Peru. It turned out they had a lot of gold. The Incas were no match for the armored horses and Spaniards. They had no weapons that could penetrate the steel. Had they come up with better military solutions, if you want to call it that, they should have been able to defeat 168 Spaniards. It’s worth noting, that the Incas did their fair share of conquering other Indian tribes well before a Spaniard ever showed up.
          Gary

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          • #6
            Don't forget the European diseases wiped out entire cultures. What the Spanush didn't infect directly, was carried from town to town along the trade routes. By the time the Spanards did arrive, many NA had already died. Small pox, syphilis, influenza, & rubella all took their toll.
            Child of the tides

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            • #7
              There’s no way the Inca’s or any other group of people in the New World could have seen what was coming. The rest of the world found them and from that moment one way or the other it was over.

              Von

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