Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Battle of Cajamarca

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
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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