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The Men of Cajamarca: A Social and Biographical Study of the First Conquerors of Peru (Llilas Latin American Monograph) by [Lockhart, James]
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About the Author

James Lockhart, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of Spanish Peru, 1532-1560 and several substantial articles on the theory and practice of Latin American social history. He previously taught at Colgate University and the University of Texas, and has served as associate editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3319 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,624,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are reading this, I assume you have a similar interest. James Lockhart is a well known scholar and deals with the composition of the men of Pizzaro's expedition to Peru. He analyses with them first by where they originated, mostly in Spain, and by their likely social position and family. If you are still reading, I have to tell you that I found it fascinating. He later deals with biographies of each adventurer, to the extent that is possible, with scholarly ( I assume ) insights.

That the mainspring was from the Extramadura in Spain is well known, but I felt I understood far better how so few could defeat Atahualpa, the Inca God on earth; they were a nucleus of seriously hard baked individuals tied to each other by family and locale. Atahualpa never got on the front foot, and Lockhart has given me an understanding of why. I had thought the Conquistadors just got lucky - but it was more than that, they put down their bet and backed it up in an amazing way.

The biographies are interesting, some more than others. That one family (Aliaga) still lives in the house the first was granted in Lima, I knew already. But I didn't know that Aliaga's crest proudly displayed therein with it's motto about being a warrior in two worlds, was actually given to someone who was "mostly" a lawyer.

I think it is a very good book. Four stars because it is expensive!
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