Treasure Hunt

The Lost Treasure of Atahualpa

 

The Incas called themselves the Children of the Sun. They began as a small mountain tribe and then built an empire on conquest. 

 

In the fall of 1532, Francisco Pizarro and 200 Spanish soldiers climbed high into the Andes and conquered an empire of 3.5 million native people. The Spaniards were lured by their greed for gold. They invited Atahualpa, the Incan emperor, to a peace parley and then seized him in a surprise attack. Atahualpa promised to fill a room with GOLD if Pizarro set him free.

 

The Spaniards agreed, collected the gold, and then offered the emperor a choice: He could burn at the stake as a heathen, or convert to Christianity and be garroted. Atahualpa chose the less painful death. Four months later the Spanish murdered Atahualpa.

 

But the Spaniards' lust for gold proved a curse. They squabbled among themselves and few made it home to Spain with their riches. Pizarro's envious foes had him murdered by a pack of sword-wielding assassins. Spain paid for its greed as well. It plundered its colonies in the New World, packing the holds of its treasure fleets with five times as much gold as existed in all of Europe during the 16th century.

 

An Inca General named Rumiñahui fled the marauding Spanish and took with him a large share of the ransom he had been collecting for his King. He disappeared into the remote mountainous region of Ecuador called the Llanganati. The load of gold artifacts he took with him is considered the largest undiscovered treasure in Latin America, valued at two billion dollars.

 

Since Ruminahui's disappearance, generations of adventurers have sought Atahualpa's gold. As if gripped by a vengeful curse, the mountains of the Llanganati have refused to surrender this gold, punishing those who would have it with the spite of a broken race.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

 

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