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Vaca de Castro remained above eighteen months in Cuzco after the departure of these various expeditions, employing himself in making a distribution of the unoccupied lands and Indians, and settling the whole country in good order, issuing likewise many useful regulations for the protection and preservation of the Indians.  In that period the richest gold mine ever heard of in our days was discovered near Cuzco in a river named Carabaya, where a single Indian is able to gather to the extent of a mark in one day[16].  The whole country being now perfectly tranquil, and the Indians protected from those excessive toils to which they had been subjected during the civil war, Gonzalo Pizarro was permitted to come to Cuzco, and after a few days went thence to Las Charcas, where he employed himself in taking care of the extensive estate which he possessed in that country.  He there remained in quiet, till the arrival of the viceroy, Blasco Nunnez Vela in Peru, as shall be related in the sequel.

[1] This chapter is merely a continuation of the history of the discovery
    and conquest of Peru, by Zarate:  but we have thought proper to divide
    it in this manner, separating the transactions which took place during
    the life of Francisco Pizarro, from those which occurred after his

[2] Il les fit prenare, are the words of the French translator: 
    prendre may possibly be an error of the press on this occasion for
    pendre; in which case those officers of the late marquis were
    ordered to be hanged; and indeed they do not appear in the

[3] There must have been two persons in Peru of this name and surname, as
    we have already seen one Francisco de Chaves killed on the same day
    with the marquis.—­E.

[4] This officer was father to the historian of the same name.—­E.

[5] It was now the year 1542.—­E.

[6] As Zarate introduces Vaca de Castro into the history of Peru without
    any previous notice of his appointment, it has been deemed proper to
    give a short account of his commission from Robertsons History of
    America, II. 339, which, being too long for a note, is distinguished
    in the text by inverted commas—­E.

[7] The remainder of the circumstances relative to de Castro, here quoted,
    are to be found in Robertson II. 353.; the other events in the history
    of Peru having been already given from Zarate.—­E.

[8] We now return to the narrative of Zarate.—­E.

[9] Garcilasso says, that on this occasion, the Inca Manca Capac, who had
    retired to the mountains, in remembrance of the friendship which had
    subsisted between him and the elder Almagro, provided Don Diego with
    large quantities of armour, swords and saddles, which had been
    formerly taken from the Spaniards, sufficient to arm two hundred

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