Inca information wars propelled Diego de Almagro’s disastrous expedition into Collasuyu. While internecine squabbles between the conquistador and his partner Francisco Pizarro pushed Almagro to explore the south, Manco Inca also had his own motivations to send Almagro into Collasuyu. These centered around his need, as Sapa Inca, to control both Andeans and Europeans in his lands, even as the Pizarros were under the influence of his enemies through Inca concubines acting as informants and diplomats. As events in Cuzco reached crisis, with the Pizarros imprisoning Manco Inca, the situation for the Collasuyu invasion force also became critical. Though imprisoned, Manco was able to command followers to end the Inca-European alliance. He sent word for the Incas to abandon Almagro and leave his forces to die in the south. Meanwhile, his operatives focused their attentions on staging uprisings and rebellion among other Andean groups along the southern cordillera in order to wage war against the Pizarros. Almagro’s expedition was doomed because of Inca politics in Cuzco.
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