Lead: Aided by internal divisions among the Incas, Francisco Pizarro hauled a small band of adventurers and a few cannon over the coastal sierras into a three-mile high valley deep in the Andes in the fall of 1532. He was there seeking gold, most especially that which was controlled by the Incan ruler, Atahaulpa.

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After an initial contact which demonstrated how easily the Incans could be terrified, Pizarro readied his men by hiding them out of sight in the buildings that surrounded square of the royal retreat at Cajamarca. Atahaulpa interpreted this as fear on the part of the Spaniards ignoring the possibility of ambush. Late in the afternoon the emperor came into the city accompanied by thousands of his followers. The king's litter was placed in the center of the square and a lone Spaniard came forward to greet the King of the Incas.