Today in Latin American History
Spanish Conquistadors Met Inca leader Atahualpa For the First Time in 1532
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Paraguayan St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz who was a missionary in Brazil died in 1628
- Today in LatAm history, Brazil was declared a republic and Emperor Pedro II was deposed in a military coup in 1889
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim who has won 7 Grammys was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Pedro Borbón, Jr. who played for the Atlanta Braves was born in 1967
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Gustavo Poyet who played for the National team & Chelsea FC was born in 1967