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Spanish Conquistadors Met Inca leader Atahualpa For the First Time in 1532

Spanish Conquistadors Met Inca leader Atahualpa For the First Time in 1532

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Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistadors met Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca in 1532.

Atahualpa decided that the 168 Spaniards were not a threat to him and his 80,000 troops, so he sent word inviting them to visit Cajamarca and meet him, expecting to capture them.

Pizarro and his men thus advanced unopposed through some very difficult terrain.

Two days later, the Spaniards sacked the Inca army camp, in which they found great treasures of gold, silver, and emeralds.

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