|James Lockhart, in The Men of Cajamarca, examines the 1532 event in Peru in which 168 Spaniards captured the emperor of the Incas and radically altered the course of history both in the new World and in Europe, However, Lockhart focuses on the lives of these specific Spaniards in his study.
As Lockhart writes, "In this study the primary interest is not the conquest but the pattern in the lives of the conquerors; therefore the familiar procedure of using social material as background to a narrative presentation will be reversed. The approach taken by the author is based on an "episodic" methodology. The first part of Lockhart's study "contains several analytical chapters on general patterns, social, collective, or organizational. The second contains short biographies of all the men, insofar as that is possible. Social