Atahualpa on a bus, Quito, Mar 2015

Atahualpa on a Bus, Quito

QUITO — Atahualpa, the last emperor of the Inca Empire, was very much a Quiteño. His father, the Inca Huayna Capac, was from Tomebamba to the south; his mother, the princess Pacha Duchicela, from Caranqui, to the north. By most accounts Atahualpa was born in Quito. His palace ruins lie deep beneath the Church of San Francisco and its eponymous square.

When he accepted Francisco Pizarro’s invitation to a feast in his honor in the small Peruvian Incan town of Cajamarca, he was ambushed upon arrival and imprisoned, his men slaughtered. Appealing to the Spaniards’ greed, Atahualpa offered a room full of gold and silver in exchange for his release. Pizarro agreed, only to have him executed after the ransom, the largest ever demanded, was received. That was August 29, 1533, effectively marking the end of the Inca Empire and the birth of European colonization in South America.

Atahualpa’s 518th birthday will be celebrated on Friday. The buses will be full.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 429th straight on the blog, was snapped on 7 March 2015, near the Presidential Palace, Quito, Ecuador. And is part of this week’s linkup at Travel Photo Thursday.

ISO 1000
Canon EF-S 18-135 IS kit lens


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