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On This Day… The End Of An Empire

Written by: George Chittenden : 13 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 16th November, back in 1532 when the Spanish explorer and conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured the Inca Emperor Atahualpa. Sheltering in the mountains Atahualpa had nearly eighty-thousand soldiers with him. Francisco Pizarro, lured Atahualpa and his men to a feast in the emperor’s honour and then had his men open fire on the unarmed Incans! The Spanish slaughtered five-thousand Incans in just an hour.

Capturing Atahualpa, the Incan leader tried appealing to his captors’ greed, offering the Spanish a room full of gold and silver in exchange for his freedom. Pizarro consented, but after receiving the ransom they forced him to convert to Christianity before eventually executing him by strangulation. Atahualpa’s death effectively marked the end of the Inca Empire and the beginning of the European colonization of South America.

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

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