Peru unveiled a priceless manuscript containing the memoirs of former Inca leaders that had disappeared during Chile’s occupation of Lima during the 1879–1884 War of the Pacific. The manuscript, “Memories of the Peruvian Monarchy or Outline of the Inca’s History,” was written in the 1830s by Justo Sahuaraura Inca (1770–1853?), a descendant of the Inca emperor Huayna Capac (1468?–1524). Sahuaraura was a member of the indigenous nobility in Cusco and dedicated his time to preserving the memory of the Inca empire. “It’s a pretty rare and strange manuscript because it has colored sheets that represent the different Incas,” said Gerardo Trillo of the National Library of Peru.
Agence France-Presse, Feb. 20