The Battle of Cajamarca
One of the most amazing battles in history
1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (c. 1475 - 1541) seized Incan emperor Atahualpa (pictured; c. 1502 - August 29, 1533) after victory at Cajamarca, Peru.
Pizarro had just 168 men and Atahualpa had 80,000 battle-hardened soldiers who had recently defeated an indigenous enemy. However, the Spaniards had iron swords, guns, horses and armour, which the Incas did not. The result: surely one of history's most incredible battles – although largely forgotten today – and it was all over in a single afternoon. The Spaniards' losses? Nil ...
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