The Discovery and Conquest of Peru

The Discovery and Conquest of Peru

by Pedro de Cieza de Leon, Alexandra Parma Cook, Noble David Cook
     
 

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Dazzled by the sight of the vast treasure of gold and silver being unloaded at Seville’s docks in 1537, a teenaged Pedro de Cieza de León vowed to join the Spanish effort in the New World, become an explorer, and write what would become the earliest historical account of the conquest of Peru. Available for the first time in English, this history of

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Dazzled by the sight of the vast treasure of gold and silver being unloaded at Seville’s docks in 1537, a teenaged Pedro de Cieza de León vowed to join the Spanish effort in the New World, become an explorer, and write what would become the earliest historical account of the conquest of Peru. Available for the first time in English, this history of Peru is based largely on interviews with Cieza’s conquistador compatriates, as well as with Indian informants knowledgeable of the Incan past.
Alexandra Parma Cook and Noble David Cook present this recently discovered third book of a four-part chronicle that provides the most thorough and definitive record of the birth of modern Andean America. It describes with unparalleled detail the exploration of the Pacific coast of South America led by Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro, the imprisonment and death of the Inca Atahualpa, the Indian resistance, and the ultimate Spanish domination.
Students and scholars of Latin American history and conquest narratives will welcome the publication of this volume.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Even those outside the specialty of Peruvian history will welcome the publication of this translation, as it provides a window into the conquest era written by a Spaniard who was both conscientious about the material and a shrewd observer.”—Susan Ramirez, DePaul University

“This volume contains a wealth of detail about the conquest of Peru, revealing both the insights of a keen mind and invaluable first-hand accounts of the events covered.”—Roland Hamilton, San Jose State University

Times Literary Supplement
Cieza is a prime source for Indian resistance after the conquest and was one of the first Europeans to re-create 'the vision of the vanquished,' a concept now much invoked....The Discovery and Conquest of Peru...discloses Cieza's unique knowledge of the exploration of Peru, the defeat and execution of the Inca Atahualpa, the course of Indian resistance and the ultimate triumph of the Spaniards. Cieza refers modestly to the simplicity of his style, which abhors rhetoric and seeks only to tell things as they are. But his chronicler is a historian; the narrative is supported by analysis and a sense of theme and chronology, while the beauty and wealth of Peru and the drama of events break through into a vivid display of contemporary history. Four centuries later, Cieza has been well served by his translators, who reproduce his prose with rare precision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822321460
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/11/1999
Series:
Latin America in Translation
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Pedro de Cieza de León (c. 1518–1555) was a soldier in Spain’s royal forces who recorded that country’s conquest of Peru.

Alexandra Parma Cook, an independent scholar, and Noble David Cook, Professor of History at Florida International University, are co-authors of Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance: A Case of Transatlantic Bigamy, also published by Duke University Press.

Pedro de Cieza de León (c. 1518–1555) was a soldier in Spain’s royal forces who recorded that country’s conquest of Peru.

Alexandra Parma Cook, an independent scholar, and Noble David Cook, Professor of History at Florida International University, are co-authors of Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance: A Case of Transatlantic Bigamy, also published by Duke University Press.

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