Quispe Sisa

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Quispe Sisa (ca. 1518 – 1559), also known as Inés Huaylas Yupanqui, was an Inca princess who played a role in the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. The Palace of the conquest in Trujillo, Spain features busts of her, Francisca Pizarro Yupanqui, and others.[1]

Biography[edit]

The daughter of the Sapa Inca Huayna Capac and the curaca Contarhucho, she was baptized as Inés Huaylas Yupanqui when she was given at a young age to Conquistador Francisco Pizarro by her brother Atahuallpa. She cohabited with Pizarro until 1537. In 1534, she gave birth to Francisca Pizarro Yupanqui, and to Gonzalo Pizarro the following year. Separated from Pizarro, in 1538 she married Conquistador Francisco de Ampuero. Between 1538 and 1541, she gave birth to three more children, Martín Alonso de Ampuero, Josefa de Ampuero and Francisco de Ampuero.

Siege of Lima[edit]

During the siege of Lima, led by Manco Inca Yupanqui, Quispe Sisa sent several runners with messages to her mother in Huaylas asking for help. On September 12, 1536, her mother Contarhucho sent in an army to help Pizarro defend Lima.

Descendants[edit]

Among her direct descendents, with Inca royal blood flowing in their veins, at least three governed Latin American nations during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Dominican President José Desiderio Valverde and Bolivian Presidents Pedro José Domingo de Guerra and Jose Gutierrez Guerra.

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