"You Spaniards defeated me not by the force of arms but through pretty words". Let us not forget the words of Lord Manco Inca Yupanqui, and let us not speak of history in skewed terms for the benefit of the colonizers. The popular myth of a few hundred brave white men, who fought hordes of "merciless savages" with only God and glory behind them, is patently false. Diseases cultivated by hundreds of years of European hygienic malpractice, played the most significant factor in the destruction of Native American societies, compared to disease, the often touted advancement of European weaponry (all of which was culturally diffused) is statistically irrelevant. And yet, how many are aware that Manco Yupanqui: emperor of my ancestoral kingdom; Tahuantinsuyo, considered the so called "conqueror of the Incas" Francisco Pizzaro, a close and personal friend? In the only first hand document from the Incan perspective of the Spanish conquest, it is recorded through a series of letters between Manco and Pizarro, that Manco held a deep respect and love for Francisco Pizzaro, only to be ultimately betrayed, and imprisoned for ransom by the Pizzaro clan. When the Spaniards entered the captial of Tahuantinsuyo, they did so, not as conquerors who bravely fought their way through, but as cowards who were ushured in as beloved and honored quests, who in their greed betrayed Lord Manco, in order to achieve as much gold and treasures as they could. Lord Manco Inca Yupanqui is not ambiguous in his words, he wanted us to know, that the South American kingdom of Tahuantinsuyo, was defeated soley because of our humbleness, love, and trust for the new race which we, runa (people) encountered in the year 1530.
Written by: @IndigenousPride
#Source: An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru by Titu Cusi Yupanqui.