Outfitting for Inca Battles

  • By Rima Chaddha
  • Posted 01.01.10
  • NOVA

By the early 16th century, the Inca Empire had conquered hundreds of other chiefdoms. Its warriors were formidable. So how did some 200 Spanish adventurers manage to take down the mighty chiefdom? Part of the answer lies in the horses, iron, and steel the Spanish had at their disposal. Here, see how Inca and conquistador soldiers differed in their dress and weaponry for battle.

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Inca and conquistador soldiers had very different gear—and that made all the difference.



Artwork by Angus McBride from The Conquistadors; © Osprey Publishing Ltd., www.ospreypublishing.com

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