Inca Civil War Research Paper

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Ariel Durant wrote, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” The Inca Civil War was the beginning of the downfall of the largest civilization in the Americas. The Inca Civil War lasted from 1529 until April 1532 in Peru and Ecuador. The administrative, political, and military center of the empire was located in Cuzco (modern-day Peru). The Inca civilization arose from the highlands of Peru sometime in the early 13th century. The Incas had no written language. Most of what is known about the Incas come from artifacts and the Spaniards. The Inca Civil War was a war between two brothers, Huascar and Atahualpa, that took place after their father Huayna Capac. Huascar and Atahualpa both doomed suitable for the succession of the Inca Empire so, the war began. The Inca Civil War was a conflict that divided a civilization, resulted in significant changes that made the empire more vulnerable and caused the downfall of the Inca civilization.

II. Origin, Lifestyle, and Religion
The Inca Empire was short-lived. It lasted just shy of 100 years due to the collapse of the empire in 1532. There are many legends and myths about how the Incas came to be. According to one legend, the creator god …show more content…

Shortly after Atahualpa’s escape, he moved his armies to that city of Ambota where they defeated Huascar’s men and captured, tortured, and killed the head general Atoc. After that battle, Atahualpa continued to move south into Huascar’s land winning every encounter. Atahualpa made his way into Cajamarca and tried, but failed, to peacefully gain loyalty from Huascar’s men. This then resulted is Atahualpa to become very violent, murdering in large numbers, which resulted in Huascar’s men surrendering. Atahualpa’s army pushed south winning more and more battles. Huascar attempted to send another army to meet Atahualpa but was captured. Atahualpa had won the

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