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A genocide is the destruction of an ethnic, racial or religious group. Multiple genocides have happened throughout history and those are a major part of how the world became the way it is today. One factful genocide is the Peru genocide which happened many many years ago. The Peru genocide was not a well known genocide but it was still very important to Peru and it's surroundings. The genocide had many important factors and caused world reactions because of it. The Peru genocide was led by Jose Gabriel Tupac Amaru who was known as Tupac Amaru II. He was the leader of the genocide against the Spanish in Peru. The Peru genocide wasn't successful but Tupac went on in his life to being apart of Peru's struggle for their country's independence. The Peru genocide was known as Tupacs rebellion and was one of his many uprisings. The Peru genocide was about Tupac calling for an alliance among native whites, mestizos, and indigenous people against European-born Spaniards. Tupac Amaru's genocide became mainly indigenous and completely out of control. The rebellions of Americanos against Spaniards could easily become more wars against the entire white ruling class. Native-born whites in Mexico and Peru were among the last on the continent to embrace the patriot cause during the wars of independence(Tupac Amaru...). The genocide happened many years ago. While Tupac Amaru II was captured and executed in 1781, the rebellion continued for at least another year under other leaders. The beginning of the genocide was 1780 and officially ended in the end of 1781. The genocide for Tupac was not successful. The Peru genocide happened in Peru and upper Peru. Upper Peru is now known as Bolivia. It was such a huge genocide that 100,000 people were killed in Peru over it. It was almost known as a massacre because many people died in the genocide. The genocide wasn't a simple small battle, it was an all out war for Tupac to get exactly what he wanted. In the end though Tupac did not succeed at what he wanted to achieve. Why did the genocide happen? The genocide happened because Spain wanted to up boot the operation of the government and and colonial aspects. The genocide was over the separation of upper Peru and the new territories that would be made because of the separation. The territories had silver mines located on them causing major chaos Between the territories. The economic benefits were only going to some of the territories and the others felt it wasn't right. Tupac was motivated in part by reading of a prophecy that the Inca would rule again with British support, and he was aware of the British colonial rebellion in North America and Spanish involvement in the war (Tupac Amaru...). The Peru genocide was not an easy and thought out genocide. It needed to happened because of the territorial issues with Peru and upper Peru. The issues were mainly that there was silver on some of the territories and everyone wanted a part of that. It happened by putting the South Americans together to figure out the issues which ended in an all out war. The Peru genocide was a main genocide and it was clearly a long stressful time. It lasted for over a year and thousands of people died fighting for everything they wanted to achieve. Tupac Amaru II did not achieve what he wanted to get out of the genocide but he went on is his life to fight for Peru independence and all that comes with it.

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