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Ecuador, Quito history, RumiñahuiThe truth is that Quito history starts long before 1534, date of the Spanish foundation. Although pre-Hispanic traces disappeared with the conquistadors' arrival, it has been said that before the Europeans arrived, Rumiñahui, an indigenous warrior, set the city on fire and destroyed the temples of the Incas who lived there.  Other legends tell of such characters as Atahualpa, last emperor of Tahuauntinsuyo, the Inca Kingdom, who was executed in 1533 by his Spanish captors, despite the fact that the Inca people paid a whole room full of gold and silver for his return.

 Figuring large in more recent tales is Xavier Chusig, a crossbreed (someone of mixed Indian and Spanish parentage) who changed his name to Eugenio de Santa Cruz y Espejo to avoid discrimination and went on the found the first newspaper in the city. There are still other stories of Manuela Saenz, the first woman to join the Bolivarian army and who became the chief lieutenant of "the Liberator" Simon Bolivar. For them, as for many others, Quito was the setting of their resistance and struggle.

The conquest brought many Catholic missions, whose presence is   apparent    in   the   more   than

thirty  convents,  churches  and  chapels in the historic  center. 

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