Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Character Descriptions

Eduardo Galeano
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Montezuma, Emperor of the Aztecs

He was the leader of the Aztec civilization in the early 1500s when his kingdom was invaded by the Spanish conquistadors.

Tupac Amaru

This Inca and his men achieved some success in freeing slaves and abolishing unfair taxes, although he was captured after betrayal by one of his own chiefs.

Christopher Columbus

This man discovered Latin America but thought he had reached India and thus called the inhabitants of Latin America Indians.

Hernan Cortes

He led the Spanish Conquistadors in the invasion of the Aztecs who were easily conquered by the oppressors.

Jorge Eliecer Gaitan

He was the liberal leader in a failed rebellion in Colombia.

William Walker

He was a US citizen who invaded Central America with the private support of the US government. He killed, burned and robbed his way through the region ultimately declaring himself to be President of Nicaragua...

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