By Titu Cusi Yupanqui, Ralph Bauer
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 means 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 bright narrative illuminates the Incan view of the Spanish invaders and provides an immense account of local peoples' resistance, lodging, swap, and survival within the face of the Spanish conquest.
Ralph Bauer's impressive translation, annotations, and creation supply severe context and heritage for an entire realizing 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, Marcos García was chosen after Titu Cusi had made inquiries (as he tells us in his narrative), asking “who among the monks in Cuzco was the most outstanding personality and which religion enjoyed the widest approbation and power” and after having learned that “the mightiest, most respected, and most flourishing religion was that of the Lord St. Augustine” (p. 133). Titu Cusi understood the importance of alphabetical writing in dealing with the Spaniards. 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.
15 Although the movement was eventually put down by Spanish authorities, García de Castro pursued a reconciliatory and diplomatic approach to the problem still posed by the rebels at Vilcabamba. Titu Cusi reciprocated the demonstrations of goodwill by frequently exchanging letters with Spanish authorities in Lima and Cuzco, entertaining Spanish missionaries in his refuge, and even allowing himself to be baptized and adopting a Christian name— Diego de Castro, in honor of the Spanish governor. A meeting was arranged at the bridge of Chuquichaca with the oidor (judge) of the Audiencia of Charcas, Juán de Matienzo, in order to negotiate the terms under which Titu Cusi would receive a substantial repartimiento in exchange for giving up his refuge.
The hybrid character of this text as a history is manifest not only in its form, however, but also in its content. As exasperated modern historians have lamented when dealing with the subject of pre-Conquest Inca history generally, the colonial sources that —30— INTRODUCTION were written based on Inca oral traditions are notoriously at odds with one another. One difficulty has been that the Inca traditions did not give dates for historical events or lifetimes of rulers, partially because their concept of history was cyclical (see MacCormack 1988).