Battle of Cuzco
|Battle of Cuzco (1533)|
|Part of the Spanish conquest of Peru|
|Commanders and leaders|
Hernando de Soto|
Juan Pizarro II
Thousands of native auxiliaries|
250-300, 60+ cavalry and 3 guns
|Unknown, but probably 10,000-100,000|
|Casualties and losses|
|Minimal, mainly Indians||Thousands, army routed|
The Battle of Cuzco was fought in 1533 between the forces of Spain and of the Incas. After executing the Inca Atahualpa, Francisco Pizarro marched his forces to Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire. As the Spanish army approached Cuzco, however, Pizarro sent his brother Juan Pizarro and Hernando de Soto ahead with forty men. The advance guard fought a pitched battle with Incan troops in front of the city, securing victory. The Incan army under the command of Quizquiz withdrew during the night. The Spanish plundered Cuzco, where they found much gold and silver. Quizquiz was eventually killed, after being struck down by his own followers, leaving none to lead the Inca Empire, since his only equal commander Chalkuchimac had been burned in captivity.
Eventually, Manco Inca Yupanqui tried to recapture the city three years later with some 100,000 Incas, but ultimately failed after a ten-month siege.