Spanish Exploration And Conquest Of The Americas Essay

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Captain Garcilaso “El Inca” de la Vega was an important chronicler of the Spanish exploration and conquest of the Americas, whose works were instrumental in the preservation of Inca culture. His father was a Spanish captain, and his mother was Palla Occlo, Incan royalty. He was a captain of a Spanish warship during the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the British, and translated poetry during his time as a sea captain. He preserved Incan culture in his greatest works. He successfully blended fact and fiction together to create works based on Spain 's conquests. His writings were favorably mentioned during Peru 's rebellion against Spain. Garcilaso de la Vega was a great chronicler who used his knowledge and heritage to write about some of Spain 's most important conquests, and the stories of the Inca people that would otherwise have been lost to the world. De la Vega, or, his name before he had it changed, Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, was “born in the Spanish viceroyalty of Peru on April 12, 1539. (Don Quijote 1)” He grew up in South America surrounded by his mother 's people, the Incas. The Incas were recently conquered by the Spanish and their conquistadors, including de la Vega 's father, called Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas, who took part in the conquests of Pedro de Alvarado. During these conquests, de la Vega y Vargas pillaged both Central and South America. De Figueroa was a product of this conquest-the bastard son of Spanish Capt. Sebastian Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas…

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