Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire
. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a puma.
According to Inca legend, the city was built by Sapa Inca Pachacuti
, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cusco from a sleepy city-state into the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyu.
The city fell to the sphere of Huáscar
in the division of the empire after the death of Huayna Capac
in 1527. It was captured by the generals of Atahualpa
in April 1532 in the Battle of Quipaipan
, and nineteen months later by the Spaniards.
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