Manco Inca Yupanqui

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Manco Inca Yupanqui
Sapa Inca
Manco Inca Yupanqui (drawing by Guaman Poma)
Reign 1533–1544
Predecessor Túpac Huallpa
Successor Sayri Tupaq (in Vilcabamba)
Paullu Inca (in Cusco)
Died Vilcabamba
Consort Cura Ocllo
Issue Sayri Túpac, Titu Cusi, Túpac Amaru
Full name
Manco Inca Yupanqui
Quechua Manqu Inka Yupanki
Spanish Manco Inca Yupanqui
Father Huayna Cápac

Manco Inca Yupanqui (1516–1544) (Manqu Inka Yupanki in Quechua) was the founder and monarch (Sapa Inca) of the independent Neo-Inca State in Vilcabamba, although he was originally a puppet Inca Emperor installed by the Spaniards. He was also known as "Manco II" and "Manco Cápac II" ("Manqu Qhapaq II"[citation needed]). He was one of the sons of Huayna Cápac and a younger brother of Huascar.[1]:150


Túpac Huallpa was a puppet ruler crowned by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.[1]:210 After his death, Manco Inca joined Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro in Cajamarca. When Pizarro's force arrived in Cusco, he had the caciques acknowledge Manco as their Inca. Manco Inca then joined Almagro and Hernando de Soto in pursuit of Quizquiz. [2]:38,40,46

When Pizarro left Cuzco with Almagro and Manco Inca, for Jauja in pursuit of Quizquiz, Francisco left his younger brothers Gonzalo Pizarro and Juan Pizarro as regidores, and a ninety-man garrison in the city.[1]:222,223,227

The Pizarro brothers so mistreated Manco Inca that he ultimately tried to escape in 1535. He failed, was captured and imprisoned. Hernando Pizarro released him to recover a golden statue of his father Huayana Capac. Only accompanied by two Spaniards, he easily escaped a second time. Manco then gathered an army of 200,000 Inca warriors and laid siege to Cusco in Feb. 1536, taking advantage of Diego de Almagro's absence.[1]:235-239

After five months (see the siege of Cuzco), Manco retreated to the nearby fortress of Ollantaytambo in Aug. Here Manco successfully defended attacks by the Spaniards in the battle of Ollantaytambo.[1]:247-249

Manco coordinated his siege of Cusco with one on Lima, led by one of his captains, Quiso Yupanqui. The Incans were able to defeat four relief expeditions sent by Francisco Pizarro from Lima. This resulted in the death of nearly 500 Spanish soldiers. Some Spaniards were captured and sent to Ollantaytambo.[3]:102-103[1]:243,246

Alonso de Alvarado was sent by Pizarro to Cusco, but upon his arrival at Abancay, he and his army were captured by Rodrigo Orgóñez in the Battle of Abancay. This was the beginning of the first civil war between the conquistadors.

Abandoning Ollantaytambo (and effectively giving up the highlands of the empire), Manco Inca retreated to Vitcos and finally to the remote jungles of Vilcabamba,[4]:131 where he founded the Neo-Inca State which lasted until the death of Túpac Amaru in 1572. From there, he continued his attacks against the Wankas (one of the most important allies of the Spaniards), having some success after fierce battles, and to the highlands of present-day Bolivia, where after many battles his army was defeated.

The Spaniards crowned his younger half brother Paullu Inca as puppet Sapa Inca after his retreat for his valuable help in that last campaign.[3]:9 The Spanish succeeded in capturing Manco's sister-wife, Cura Ocllo, and had her brutally murdered in 1539.

After many guerrilla battles in the mountainous regions of Vilcabamba, Manco was murdered in 1544 by supporters of Diego de Almagro who had previously assassinated Francisco Pizarro and who were in hiding under Manco's protection. They in turn were all killed by Manco's soldiers.[1]:326

Manco was succeeded by his son Sayri Tupaq.[3]:10 Manco Inca had several sons, including Sayri Tupaq, Titu Cusi, and Túpac Amaru.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Prescott, W.H., 2011, The History of the Conquest of Peru, Publishing, ISBN 9781420941142
  2. Pizzaro, P., 1571, Relation of the Discovery and Conquest of the Kingdoms of Peru, Vol. 1-2, New York: Cortes Society,, ISBN 9781235937859
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Titu Cusi Yupanqui, 2005, An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru, Boulder: University Press of Colorado, ISBN 9780870818219
  4. Garcilaso De La Vega El Inca, 2006, Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., ISBN 9780872208438
Preceded by
Túpac Huallpa
Sapa Inca
As installed by the Spaniards

Succeeded by
Paullu Inca
Preceded by
Sapa Inca
As ruler of the Neo-Inca State

Succeeded by
Sayri Túpac