Bolivar the Liberator

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XXXVI

THE Inca race had not entirely forgotten the atrocities and the perfidy of Pizarro when he conquered Peru at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Cuzco, a very ancient town, was founded, says tradition, by the hero Manco Ccapac, come from the hot countries with a great rod of gold in his hand, the symbol of his power. Manco Ccapac halted one day with his sister Mama Occlo on a mountain from which they could see a circular plain surrounded by hills. They decided to settle there and gave it the name of Cuzco, which means 'navel of the world.' Now tradition had it, even in 1822, that an underground lake existed beneath the cathedral and that the water of this lake began to boil every year on the anniversary of Pizarro's arrival. No threat was sufficient to prevent the Incas from making obeisance as they passed the place.

The most serious insurrection against the Spanish authority was that of the cacique Tupac Amaru at the end of the eighteenth century.

At this time the governors of certain districts had the exclusive right of supplying the natives with the most necessary goods. This privilege led very rapidly to abuses; the prices demanded by the Spaniards were so excessive that the inhabitants of the country lived in most terrible destitution. A cacique called José Gabriel Condorcanque took the name of Tupac

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • II 6
  • III 11
  • IV 15
  • V 20
  • VI 24
  • VII 30
  • VIII 34
  • IX 39
  • X 43
  • XI 46
  • XII 50
  • XIII 54
  • XIV 60
  • XV 65
  • XVI 68
  • XVII 72
  • XVIII 75
  • XIX 82
  • XXI 89
  • XII 93
  • XIII 96
  • XIV 98
  • XXV 102
  • XXVI 105
  • XXVII 111
  • XXVIII 114
  • XXIX 118
  • XXXI 125
  • XXXII 130
  • XXXIII 134
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  • XXXV 141
  • XXXVI 144
  • XXXVII 150
  • XXXVIII 155
  • XXXIX 160
  • XL 163
  • XLI 167
  • XLII 170
  • XLIII 173
  • XLIV 177
  • XLV 180
  • XLVI 185
  • XLVII 188
  • XLVIII 189
  • XLIX 191
  • L 195
  • Index 199
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