In Our Time: History

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the people of Cusco, in modern Peru, established an empire along the Andes down to the Pacific under their supreme leader Pachacuti. Before him, their control grew slowly from C13th and was at its peak after him when Pizarro arrived with his Conquistadors and captured their empire for Spain in 1533. The image, above, is of Machu Picchu which was built for emperor Pachacuti as an estate in C15th.

With

Frank Meddens

Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading

Helen Cowie

Senior Lecturer in History at the University of York

And

Bill Sillar

Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London

Producer: Simon Tillotson

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