Fall of the Inca Empire Author:Philip Ainsworth Means Beginning where "Ancient Civilizations of the Andes" left off, this book sweeps through the stirring decades which witnessed the downfall and dismemberment of the Inca Empire and so arrives at the period of the great Viceroy of Peru, Don Francisco de Toledo (1569-1581). Toledo was the true establisher of Spanish colonial government in Peru; he i... more »s more fully treated here than in any other book written in English.
Following this full account of Toledo and his labors in Peru, the later chapters consider the institutions of colonial Peru, and go on to discuss every aspect of state, church, and native institutions as they were down to 1780. Such subjects as daily life, architecture, the fine and applied arts, piratical invasions, commercial activities, the post-office, and Peru's three saints are all mentioned with appropriate degrees of fullness.
At the end of the book there is a keen analysis of Peruvian colonial history in which the reasons for Spain's failure as a colonizing country are fully explained.« less