The last Inca Chief: Tupac Amaru Shakur was the final Inca chief and the inspiration for the famed rapper and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur.
Tupac Shakur was named after Inca Chief Tupac Amaru II because of the Inca Chief’s revolutionary spirit. Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur and stepfather Mutulu Shakur were both members of the Black Panther Movement.
The Life Of Tupac Shakur Amaru, the Last Inca Chief
After the Spanish invasion of Peru in the 1530s, the famous Inca Chief Tupac Amaru—from whom the rapper Tupac Shakur took his name—ascended to the throne of the Inca Empire.
The Inca founded Vilcabamba, a new State deep in the Amazon Jungle, after the Spanish invasion.
Until the final Inca Chief Tupac Amaru rose to the throne in 1571 after the death of his brother, the Inca State at Vilcambaa accepted Spanish rule.
Tupac Amaru and the Spanish were at war in 1572 as a result of the Incas’ rejection of Spanish rule through the murder of two Spanish ambassadors on the frontier of Inca territory.
The Inca State came to an end when the Spanish quickly started war and finally overran Vilcabamba, Tupac Amaru’s capital, on June 24, 1572.
By the time the Spanish arrived in Vilcabamba, Tupac Amaru had already left the city. A quick Spanish manhunt led to Tupac Amaru’s capture in September 1572 as he warmed himself by a campfire with his expectant wife.
After being apprehended, Tupac Amaru was subsequently publicly put to death by the Spanish at Cuzco, a newly founded Spanish city.
More than 10,000 Inca Witnesses had gathered in the main square to mourn the passing of their Lord when Tupac Amaru was hung.
How Tupac Shakur Amaru was killed
At his execution, Tupac Amaru is claimed to have been so courageous and somber that he raised his hand to quiet the sobbing throng before saying, “Watch how my enemies shed my blood.”
Tupac Amaru’s legacy and revolutionary spirit have endured his passing, inspiring people in his native Peru as well as other countries.
The name Tupac Amaru represented the revolutionary spirit of the late great Inca Chief Tupac Amaru II, who was a leader against the Spanish conquest of the Inca, and the world owes a debt of gratitude to him for inspiring the legendary Hip Hop icon Tupac Amaru Shakur, who was named after Tupac Amaru II, the Last Inca Chief.