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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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Spanish Peru

Spanish Peru

Empire by Franchise

(p.111) 3 Spanish Peru
The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the empire of Spanish Peru. It discusses the war between Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Inka ruler Atawallpa, the conquistadors' objective of enriching themselves with the treasures of the Inkas and the role of Christianity in providing a powerful moral justification for empire. It also describes the experiences of other conquistadors including Hernan Cortes and Vasco Nuñez de Balbo and suggests that Spain's imperial project sprang from the Iberian experience of Muslim rule and centuries of warfare.

Keywords:   Spanish Peru, Francisco Pizarro, Atawallpa, conquistadors, Christianity, empire, Hernan Cortes, Vasco Nuñez de Balbo, Muslim rule

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