Largest ransom ever: enough gold to fill a room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide to a height of over 8 feet

In 1532 the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured the Inca emperor Atahuallpa at the Peruvian highland of Cajamarca. Pizarro proceeded to hold his prisoner for eight months, while extracting history’s largest ransom in return for a promise to free him.

The ransom was enough gold to fill a room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide to a height of over 8 feet.

After the ransom was delivered, Pizarro reneged on his promise and executed Atahuallpa.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

One Response to “Largest ransom ever: enough gold to fill a room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide to a height of over 8 feet”

  1. Kata Says:

    It was 1 room full of gold and 2 rooms full of silver.

    After the ransom was paid, Pizarro accused Atahualpa of having a treasure hidden and not paying taxes for it to the Spanish crown…

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