IBARRA [San Miguel de Ibarra] (Ecuador)

Town and capital of Imbabura province, 55 mi NNE of Quito. Huayna Capac, the last of the great Inca emperors, who died in 1525, won two victories nearby, thus enlarging his kingdom with a large part of Ecuador. Ibarra was founded in 1597 by Alvaro de Ibarra, then ruler of the Spanish presidency of Quito. See also Inca Empire.

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