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The Man Made Mountain - The Siege of Cusco 1536-1537

Episode Summary

This episode was a lot of fun to research and dive into, my lack of knowledge of the Inca and the conquistadores as a whole made the dive in really interesting. By the 1530's the conquest of the so-called new world and the age of discovery were both well underway. The wave upon wave of Spanish and Portuguese adventurers that had been crossing the Atlantic in search of wealth and fame had for decades brought the Christian god and death to the people of Central and South America. From the islands of the Caribbean to the cenotes of the Yucatan, Spanish steel and smallpox had destroyed the unprotected populations of entire cities. In the region of South America of modern Peru, a desperate struggle was being fought out between two wildly different ways of life. With the rise of Fransisco Pizarro and his deadly brothers, the Inca found themselves fighting for their freedom and their very lives. Not a meek culture by any means the Inca went down with a roar striking out at their antagonizers, forcing the Spanish into survival mode. The final battle was fierce and would be fought high in the Andes mountains through the streets of the city of Cusco at the very feet of one of the magnificent forts of the Old or the New World. Fort Sacsayhuaman and the Inca way of war were all new to me and are fascinating! There is no ancient alien talk in this episode, but I'm always up for the conversation so if that's your jam shoot me a message. Enjoy!

Episode Notes

By the 1530's the conquest of the so-called new world and the age of discovery were both well underway. The wave upon wave of Spanish and Portuguese adventurers that had been crossing the Atlantic in search of wealth and fame had for decades brought the Christian god and death to the people of Central and South America. From the islands of the Caribbean to the cenotes of the Yucatan, Spanish steel and smallpox had destroyed the unprotected populations of entire cities. The complete lack of immunity to European disease and the weakness of or absence of armament made the native civilizations particularly vulnerable.

The Spanish attempt at controlling all of Central and South America involved relatively small armies with massive objectives. The Pizarro Brothers set out with a few hundred men and planned to topple the as of yet unknown Inca Empire. Through ruthless diplomacy and deadly European tools and methods of warfare, the Spanish found themselves fighting and often winning against overwhelming numerical superiority. After taking the Inca king, Pizarro aimed for the Inca capital if Cusco believed to be dripping in riches. The wealth of the Inca was his for the taking. First Pizarro and his men would need to capture an astonishingly mighty fortress, and then they would need to survive!
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The song we used is Dark Forest by Odonis Odonis
This weeks video sources - The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman by Ombio Productions
This weeks web sources -https://www.academia.edu
Unlocking the Doors to the Worlds of the Guaman Poma and His Nueva Coronica by Rolena Adorao and Ivan Boserup

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