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The Indian Queen


A Tragedy

Written by the Honorable Sir Robert Howard and Mr. Dryden


The Inca of Peru.
MONTEZUMA, his General.
GARUCCA, a faithful subject to AMEXIA.
The God of Dreams.
ISMERON, one of the prophets, a conjuror.
Officers and Soldiers.
Peruvians and Mexicans.

AMEXIA, the lawful queen of Mexico.
ZEMPOALLA, the usurping Indian Queen.
ORAZIA,daughter to the Inca.
Attendants of Ladies.

The Indian Emperour, or the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards, being the Sequel of The Indian Queen is an English Restoration era stage play, a heroic drama written by John Dryden that was first performed in the Spring of 1665. The play has been considered a defining work in the sub-genre of heroic drama, in which "rhymed heroic tragedy comes into full being." As its subtitle indicates, the play deals with the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire under Hernán Cortés.

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