inca emperor

Portrait of Túpac Amaru, the last Sapa Inca. In 1533, after the death of Atahualpa, Atahualpa’s brother, Manco Inca Yupanqui, was crowned Emperor by the Spaniards. In 1536, he revolted, gathered troops, and marched on the city of Cuzco and besieged it. The revolt was only partially successful, and he fled to the remote city of Vilcabamba where he continued to rule as Sapa Inca of a “post-Inca” or “neo-Inca” state. He was succeeded by his three sons, of whom Túpac Amaru was the last. Túpac Amaru was captured and executed by the Spanish in 1572, bringing the Inca Empire to a permanent end.

Emperor's New Groove Facts

Did u know…

1. Originally called The Empire of the Sun, the movie was going to be about an Inca emperor, Manco (not Kuzco, but still voiced by David Spade), switching places with the nearly identical Pacha (a peasant voiced by Owen Wilson, not the one voiced by John Goodman we know and love). Manco was turned into a non-talking llama by Yzma after she found out. So it was basically an Inca version of the Prince and the Pauper, and didn’t go over well with audiences. It was a musical movie that was intended to be as epic as The Lion King, but fell flat. So instead we got… wait for it-

which is honestly still pretty awesome:)

2. Now, about Yzma, well originally she was supposed to be more of a witch doctor than a mad scientist. This is reflected in the orginal design-

Also, her original intentions were to get rid of the sun because it gave her wrinkles and made her ugly. Instead, her master plan became…

 which was still pretty ingenious, even if it didn’t work out.

3. In the initial storyline, Manco (aka Emperor Kuzco)  was to fall in love with a llama farmer named Nina during the time he was a llama. Her  character designs were so-

Although I totally love the movie as it turned out,  I wish her character had even a small part, because I like her design.

4.Yzma was supposed to sing a reprise of “Perfect World” telling about her domination of the empire.

5. The old man that throws off Kuzco’s groove is played by John Fielder.


While you may not recognize his name, you’ll definitely recognize another character he voices: Piglet!

5. Kuzco’s name comes from Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire. Pacha’s name means earth in the Inca language. This language is called Quechua and is still spoken in South America to this day. 

6. So, you know Kronk’s awesome theme song music? Well, his voice actor Patrick Warburton made it up himself. He also owns the rights to it. Personally, I think it’s a pretty cool theme song, though Kuzco feels different.

7. The directors had Yzma wear purple because it is the color associated with madness. 

Yeah, she pulls it off pretty well. Creepy and crazy.

8.  Finally, there is a documentary about the movie-making process called “The Sweatbox”. Disney tries to keep it very tightly under lock and key, but it has been leaked to Youtube before. If you wanna know more about the movie, look it up. And remember- 

World History: Atahualpa

Atahualpa was the last Sapa Inca (sovereign emperor) of the Inca Empire before the Spanish conquest. During the Spanish conquest, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa and used him to control the Inca Empire. Eventually, the Spanish executed Atahualpa, effectively ending the empire. Although a succession of several emperors who led the Inca resistance against the invading Spaniards claimed the title of Sapa Inca as rulers of the Neo-Inca State, the empire began to disintegrate after Atahualpa’s death. [x]

The Crown of the Andes — known in Spanish as La Corona de los Andes and as La Corona de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Popayán — is a votive crown originally made for a larger than life-size statue of the Virgin in the Cathedral of Popayán, Colombia. Originating — at least partly — in the 16th century, it purportedly includes emeralds taken from the captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa (1497–1533)


July 24th 1911: Bingham at Machu Picchu

On this day in 1911, American historian Hiram Bingham III with his Peruvian guides arrived at the Inca site of Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru. Machu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca estate built for emperor Pachacuti which was abandoned as a result of the Spanish conquest. The site lay largely undisturbed for hundreds of years, with only locals knowing of its existence. However, with Bingham’s arrival at the site it became known to the wider world and was studied scientifically; he is thus attributed with ’re-discovering’ the erroneously called ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Bingham took artefacts from the site to Yale University for examination and only recently has the university agreed to return them to Peru. In the years since Bingham’s expedition, his grandoise claims of how he trekked through wilderness to find the 'lost city’ have been discredited and instead it has been stressed how the site was accessible and well known to locals. However he is still renowned as the man who introduced the world to this spectacular sight. Restoration work began soon after Bingham’s expedition and the site has since become a major tourist attraction.