Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (2760 words)


Inca Garcilaso de la Vega is widely considered a canonical author in colonial Latin American literature, and his works are seminal sources for the history of the Inca Empire and early years of Spanish colonization. Born Gómez Suárez de Figueroa in Cuzco on April 12 1539, he was the son of the Spanish captain Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas, who had arrived in Peru with Pedro de Alvarado, a prominent figure in the conquests of both Mexico and Guatemala. His mother was the ñusta Chimpu Ocllo (christened Isabel Suárez), an Inca noblewoman and the niece of Huayna Capac, the granddaughter of Tupac Yupanqui, and a cousin of Huáscar and Atahualpa, the last of the Inca rulers before the …

Citation: Pérez Marín, Yarí. "Inca Garcilaso de la Vega". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2015 [, accessed 18 May 2021.]

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