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Published: April 12th 2008
around the corner from the Flying Dog (where I stayed)
Note: this will be the last entry for awhile as my trip is complete and now I'm back home to numerous hugs and kisses from my girls. I crammed as much as I could possibly get into 3 weeks and I had a great trip, but 3 weeks away is a bit too long I think (especially for Mikaela, but for me too). Ann is awesome, of course. I've put lots of other blog entries up (for which you didn't get emails). Just click on my name and scroll down and you'll see the whole list (in reverse chronological order). Or, just go to this link:
www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/gtimmermans/ and scroll down.
In 1532 the Spanish Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru with a force of around 180 men. Conditions were favourable to conquest, for the empire was debilitated by a just-concluded civil war between the heirs to the Inca throne, Atahualpa and Huascar, each of whom was seeking to control the empire.
When Atahualpa arrived, the Spaniards ambushed and seized him, and killed thousands of his followers. Although Atahualpa paid the most fabulous ransom known to history—a room full of gold and another full of silver—for his freedom, the
at the Plaza de Armas
Spaniards murdered him in 1533.
The city of Lima was founded by Spanish Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as the City of Kings. Today nearly one-third of the nation's population lives in this one metropolitan area with near 8 million inhabitants.
In 2008, the Canadian Gerry Timmermans landed in Peru with a force of just 1. Conditions were favourable for beer-drinking and darts, for the Milaflores neighbourhood contained an English-style pub with a dart-board (thee Old Pub). The ensuing duel between Australian, English, Peruvian and Canadian forces was awesome to behold and a Canadian/Peruvian alliance was seen to decimate the English/Australian enemy in a quick, decisive battle.
The victory was shortlived, however, as an ensuing battle less than 24 hours later saw Canadian and American forces ambushed by a newly formed English/Peruvian alliance. The defeat was so overwhelming that it forced the Canadian to flee the country, back to his native Canada.
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