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...

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