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Quito is Ecuador's capital, the country's second largest city and the capital of the province of Pichincha. Nestled in a long narrow valley, Quito is one of South America's most attractive destinations.
The earlier inhabitants of what is today called Quito derived its name formerly from the Quitus tribe who lived and frequented the area in pre-Inca epochs. These indigenous people also intermingled with the coastal people called the Caras which helped formulate the next generation, the Shyris in 1300 AD by intermarriage who later joined the Puruhas who's descendants had many brutal battles with the Incas. When the Spaniards arrived in the early 16th Century Quito was already a major stronghold of the Incas under Huayna Capac and subsequently his son Rumiñahui Atahualpa who triumphed over all other indigenous races.
The city was subsequently burned to the ground however, as the onslaught of the Spanish conquest to capture Quito resulted in the pride of the Incas destroying their own city even though many were captured and so there were no Inca remains to gloat over or live in.
The new colonial city of Quito was re-founded by Spanish lieutenant Sebastián de Benalcazar, Pizarro's lieutenant on December 6th , 1534 and was reconstructed at the beginning of the Panecillo above the old city's ruins with actual Inca stonework's in many of the new floors and walls still visible today in the church and Cathedral of San Francisco.
Information above taken from http://www.thebestofecuador.com/quito.htm
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