The Spanish visited the traumatized Atahuallpa in his cell, gave him food, and allowed his women to come to him. It was then that Atahuallpa now understanding that the Spanish wanted gold came up with his plan to ransom himself for it.
Atahuallpa's motive says Waman Poma "was to free himself by paying them gold." If he paid up, he believed they would go away. It never seems to have occurred to him that these few fewer than 200 might be the precursors of thousands, who would come to settle permanently in his land, and that one payment of gold would not be enough.
Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno
(Letter to a King)
For the Incas, the Spanish desire for gold was both curious
and fascinating. For them, gold had an aesthetic rather than
a monetary value. They used it for decorating their shrines,
for the images of their gods, but not for bartering. They found
the Spanish obsession with gold as a commodity uncouth and even
uncivilized. Waman Poma included a cartoon in his book of the
Inca asking the Spaniard (in Quechua): "Do you actually eat
this gold, then?" and the Spaniard replying, "Yes, we certainly