Inca Civil War
The Inca Civil War, the Inca Dynastic War, or the Inca War of Succession, was a civil war in the Inca Empire. It was fought between two brothers, Huáscar and Atahualpa, sons of Huayna Cápac, over who would be the next emperor. The war came after Huayna Capac's death in 1527, and lasted from 1529 until 1532. When their father died, the empire was divided between the two brothers. Huáscar got most part of it, with the capital Cusco. Atahualpa got the northern parts, including Quito.
|Inca Civil War|
Emperor Atahualpa, the victorious brother, however, his reign as emperor was short.
|Northern Inca Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
Topa Atao (POW)
Ullco Colla †
Tomay Rima †
100,000 Cañaris, 2 000 000 reservist
At peak some 250,000
|Casualties and losses|
At least 100,000 killed|
Huáscar started the war because he saw himself as the rightful heir to the kingdom. Atahualpa proved to be a better war tactician than his brother, and commanded a much bigger army. The empire was reunited under Atahualpa in 1532, but he was executed by the Spanish less than a year later.
It was partly because of this civil war that the Spanish conquistadors, under Francisco Pizarro, were successful.
- Hemming, John. The Conquest of the Inca. New York, NY: Harcourt, Inc., 1970, 28-29.
- MacQuarrie, Kim. The Last Days of the Inca. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2007, 50.