The Tupac Amaru Rebellion

TitleThe Tupac Amaru Rebellion
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWalker, Charles F.
Number of Pages347
PublisherBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
City, CountryLondon ; Cambridge, MA
Abstract

Examines the rebellion led by Tupac Amaru and his wife that began in 1780 as a local multiclass revolt against colonial authorities and became the largest rebellion in the history of Spain's American empire. "The largest rebellion in the history of Spain's American empire--a conflict greater in territory and costlier in lives than the contemporaneous American Revolution--began as a local revolt against colonial authorities in 1780. As an official collector of tribute for the imperial crown, José Gabriel Condorcanqui had seen firsthand what oppressive Spanish rule meant for Peru's Indian population. Adopting the Inca royal name Tupac Amaru, he set events in motion that would transform him into Latin America's most iconic revolutionary figure. Tupac Amaru's political aims were modest at first. He claimed to act on the Spanish king's behalf, expelling corrupt Spaniards and abolishing onerous taxes. But the rebellion became increasingly bloody as it spread throughout Peru and into parts of modern-day Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. By late 1780, Tupac Amaru, his wife Micaela Bastidas, and their followers had defeated the Spanish in numerous battles and gained control over a vast territory. As the rebellion swept through Indian villages to gain recruits and overthrow the Spanish corregidors, rumors spread that the Incas had returned to reclaim their kingdom." -- Publisher's description.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.4159/harvard.9780674416376
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