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Beginning of the End
Suddenly word came in 1527 that strange people with white skin and hair on their faces had arrived in floating wooden houses at Tumbes on the northern Peruvian coast.

About the same time, a smallpox epidemic swept through the Inca Empire. Starting in Hispaniola in December 1518, it spread to Mexico in 1520, then traveled down to the Andes through the valleys of Colombia and Venezuela. By the end of 1527, the smallpox epidemic had reached Peru and eventually killed more than 200,000 people. Unsure what this news meant, Huayna Capac consulted his messengers and performed religious rituals. But nothing worked. Thousands of Incas caught smallpox and died.

When the Sapa Inca Huayna Capac caught smallpox, the Incas must have thought everything was over. As Capac's health got worse, he was asked to name the next Sapa Inca. No one knows who he named or if he was even able to name any successor. Capac died in May 1528 without a clear heir. But it is said that Capac predicted the end of the Inca Empire.    [more]
Smallpox
Smallpox
Omens of Doom
Omens of Doom
Huayna Capac's Prediction
Huayna Capac's Prediction