Book cover of Inca Apocalypse: The Spanish Conquest and the Transformation of the Andean World by Alan Coveyby R. Alan Covey

A major new history of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire, set in a larger global context than previous accounts

Previous accounts of the fall of the Inca empire have played up the importance of the events of one violent day in November 1532 at the highland Andean town of Cajamarca. To some, the “Cajamarca miracle”-in which Francisco Pizarro and a small contingent of Spaniards captured an Inca who led an army numbering in the tens of thousands-demonstrated the intervention of divine providence. To others, the outcome was simply the result of European technological and immunological superiority.

Interview with the Author

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R. Alan Covey, “Inca Apocalypse: The Spanish Conquest and the Transformation of the Andean World” (Oxford UP, 2020)
2/11/21          49 min


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