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By Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Ralph Bauer

ISBN-10: 0870818074

ISBN-13: 9780870818073

On hand 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 by way of 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 shiny narrative illuminates the Incan view of the Spanish invaders and gives an enormous account of local peoples' resistance, lodging, switch, and survival within the face of the Spanish conquest.

Ralph Bauer's extraordinary translation, annotations, and advent provide serious context and heritage for an entire knowing of Titu Cusi's instances and the importance of his phrases. Co-winner of the 2005 Colorado Endowment for the arts e-book Prize.

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Thus, he is not mentioned at all by the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a mestizo who wrote during the early seventeenth century; nor is he portrayed in Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Nueva corónica y buen gobierno, also composed during the early seventeenth century, which portrays every other Inca ruler, including Manco Inca (see Illustration 6). As Luis Millones has noted,27 Titu Cusi’s account may thus have in part been produced precisely in order to affirm what he could not assume: that he was legitimate among the Inca nobility as supreme ruler.

Thus, he relates that one of the reasons why the Andean people who first saw the Spaniards upon their arrival in Tahuantinsuyu called the strangers Viracochas (gods) was that “the Indians saw them alone talking to white cloths [paños blancos], as a person would speak to another, which is how the Indians perceived the reading of books and letters” (p. 60). Similarly memorable is Titu Cusi’s account of the fateful encounter between the Spaniards and Atahuallpa at Cajamarca in 1532. He relates that the Spaniards “showed my uncle a letter or a book (I’m not sure exactly which), explaining to him that this was the word of God and of the king.

Inca understanding of genealogy was based on norms of kinship that were quite different from those of Europeans. Although millions of people lived in the Tahuantinsuyu, only about 40,000 of those people were considered to be “Inca,” that is, identified as members of the ethnic group that had originated and expanded their culture from Cuzco some time during the early fifteenth century. The non-Inca subjects of this empire came from other ethnic groups who had been subjugated to Inca rule, owed tribute in labor, and were generally considered to be provincials.

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