Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis

Department

History

Abstract

Vega’s historical contributions are still important today. As the first American historian, he told the story of New World conquest from a valuable and unique perspective. Vega’s writings provide insight into customs and values of the Incan people that would have otherwise been lost. His struggle between two diverse world views created an original perspective about the role of Spanish conquerors and Incan natives. His works remain as important archival source for Incan history, and well as a graphic narrative for those interested in the American conquest. Vega is especially important because his ideas added to the motion of thought that brought about many theories promoted in the enlightenment that are still influential today.

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