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Converting Indians to Christianity was not the priests’ only goal. They also worked to promote cultural and educational development among the Indians. They succeeded in fostering art within the communities. Many locals became true artisans, trained in woodworking, making jewelry from precious metals, and creating textiles. They taught them to craft and play instruments, such as harps and violins. Some of the local instruments were superior to those found in Europe at the time. Each community had an organized orchestra that performed concerts and Italian operas.
The Uru had preceded the Aymara in the region, but by the twelfth century, the Aymara had reduced the group to poor fishermen and landless workers. As population and prosperity continued to grow throughout the Andes, the Aymara found themselves in direct competition with the Quechua-speaking nation in the region of Cuzco, Peru, north of Lake Titicaca. Little did they know that by the late fifteenth century the Cuzco-Quechua speakers, later to be known as the Incas, would emerge as the most powerful of the new Andean nations.
D. q 6/26/03 11:59 PM Page 49 4 The Spanish Conquest T he amazing story of the Inca civilization ended with the arrival of Spaniards in Peru in 1532. Within one year of landing on the Peruvian coast, Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro and their conquistadors pushed their way toward the Incan capital at Cuzco in search of riches and land. At the time, Atahuallpa ruled the Inca Empire. Unlike earlier emperors, he was not considered the true descendent of the Sun God, the Incas’ most revered deity.