Pumacagua, Mateo García

Pumacagua, Mateo García mätā´ō gärsē´ä po͞omäkä´gwä, –kä´wä [key], 1738–1815, Peruvian Native American leader. He aided in suppressing the insurrection (1780–81) of Tupac Amaru and later the first rebellion in the war against Spain in 1814, however, he led an uprising. Beginning in Cuzco, the movement spread, gaining force from Pumacagua's great influence over the Native Americans. After initial successes the Native Americans were defeated, and Pumacagua was put to death.

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