Vincente Valverde trying to persuade the Inca to convert to Christianity rather than be massacred by Pizzarro. Engraving by W. Greatbach after H.P. Briggs.
- Briggs, Henry Perronet, 1792-1844.
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The man on the right who reaches for his pistol is presemably Pizzarro. One of his soldiers, wearing full armour, looks at him with an expression of alarm. Valverde, in the centre, holds a book in his left hand and points to a cannon with his right hand, illustrating the terms being proposed to the Incas. They are represented by an Inca man wearing a jewelled headdress, presumably Atahuallpa; next to him is a bare-breasted Inca woman. The discussion took place at Cajamarca, Peru, and was followed by a massacre of the Incas