History of the Inca Empire: An Account of the Indians Customs and Their Origin, Together with a Treatise on Inca Legends, Histo by Father Bernabe Cobo

History of the Inca Empire: An Account of the Indians Customs and Their Origin, Together with a…

byFather Bernabe CoboTranslated byRoland Hamilton

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The Historia del Nuevo Mundo, set down by Father Bernabe Cobo during the first half of the seventeenth century, represents a singulary valuable source on Inca culture. Working directly frorn the original document, Roland Hamilton has translated that part of Cobo's massive manuscripts that focuses on the history of the kingdom of Peru. The volume includes a general account of the aspect, character, and dress of the Indians as well as a superb treatise on the Incas—their legends, history, and social institutions.

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Title:History of the Inca Empire: An Account of the Indians Customs and Their Origin, Together with a…Format:PaperbackDimensions:279 pages, 8.94 × 5.84 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1983Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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Foreword by John Howland RoweIntroductionA Scientific Outlook of the Seventeenth CenturyA Note on the TranslationBOOK I1. Concerning the sparse population of America and its causes2. Of the names which were given to the natives of the Indies and of their color3. Of the physical make-up, body proportions, and facial features of the Indians4. Of the natural make-up of the Indians5. Of the extreme ignorance and barbarity of the Indians6. Of the usages that the Indians have regarding their individual houses, clothing, and sustenance7. Of the most general customs common to all of the Indians8. In which the same topic is continued9. Of the many languages used by the various nations of Indians, and how these all seem to have a common origin10. In which all the Indian nations are divided into three categories11. On the origin of these peoples of America12. In which the same is continued13. How the animals and birds that we find here must have come to this land14. In which the same topic is continued15. In which is given the opinion of those who place within these Occidental Indies the region called Ophir in the Divine Scriptures, to which the ships of Solomon navigated16. In which the proposed opinion is refuted17. Of another argument with which the same thing is proven as in the last chapter18. The same thing is proven with other evidence19. The same subject is continued20. In which the arguments of the opposing opinion are answered and the location of Ophir is establishedBOOK II1. Of the former inhabitants of Peru before the Incas reigned2. Of the efforts that have been made several times to ascertain the true history of the Incas and the rites and customs of their republic3. Of the legendary origin of the Incas, former kings of Peru4. Of Manco Capac, the first king of the Incas5. Of the second Inca, named Cinchi Roca6. Of Lloque Yupanqui, the third Inca7. Of Mayta Capac, fourth king of the Incas8. Of the Inca Capac Yupanqui, fifth king of Peru9. Of the sixth king of Peru, named Inca Roca10. Of Yahuar Huacac Inca Yupanqui, the seventh king11. Of Viracocha Inca, eighth king12. Of Pachacutic Inca Yupanqui, ninth king13. Of the rest of Pachacutic's victories14. Of Tupa Inca Yupanqui, the tenth king15. Of the rest of the events in the life of Tupa Inca Yupanqui16. Of Guayna Capac, the last king of the Incas17. In which the deeds of Guayna Capac are continued18. Of the Inca brothers Huascar and Atauhualpa19. Of the rest of the things that happened in this war20. Of the rest of the Incas, sons of Guayna Capac who had the king's fringe21. Of the sons of Manco Inca who maintained the title of king in Vilcabamba22. Of the name and locality occupied by the Kingdom of the Incas, and how these kings came to rule so many people and provinces23. How the Incas administered newly conquered lands by putting in these lands outsiders whom they called mitimaes, and the types there were of them24. How the Incas organized the people that they subjugated into towns, and the way they arranged the towns25. Of the governors, caciques, and other superiors to whom the Incas delegated the governance of their states26. Of the laws and punishments with which the Incas governed their kingdom27. Of the distinction between nobles and taxpayers that there was in this kingdom, and of the way that the latter had ofpaying tribute, and the way the king paid salaries to his ministers and rewarded his vassals for the services that they rendered to him28. Of the division that the Inca made of the farmlands, and of the estate and rents that the Inca and Religion received from them29. Of the order in which the domesticated livestock was distributed, and the income that the Inca and Religion received in livestock and in clothing from its wool; and how the hunting grounds and woods were royal patrimony30. Of the storehouses belonging to the Inca and to Religion, the goods that were collected in them, and how these goods were used31. Of the roads that the Incas made throughout their kingdom and the labor service that was provided by the provinces to repair them32. Of the tambos and chasques and the tribute that the Indians gave in providing the labor service for them33. Of the rest of the tribute that the Indians paid their king in personal services34. Of the tribute of boys and girls that the Inca collected from his vassals and for what purposes they were used35. Of the control and great power that the Incas had gained over their vassals, and the fear and reverence with which the vassals obeyed and served the Incas36. Of the order they followed in installing the Inca, the royal insignias, and the Inca's great majesty and splendor37. Of their computation of time, of the quipos or recording devices, and the method of counting that the Peruvian Indians hadNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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This volume includes a general account of the aspect, character, and dress of the Indians as well as a superb treatise on the Incas--their legends, history, and social institutions.

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While Cobo’s Historia is not a pristine account, it is hard to imagine what our knowledge of Andean societies would be without it. Four hundred years after Cobo landed in Lima, Roland Hamilton should be congratulated on his translations of the Historia del Nuevo Mundo, which remains a monument to the breadth of vision and intellectual energy of its author.