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1 Inca CivilizationWhile the Aztec empire grew in Mexico, another powerful empire was taking shape inSouth America.
2 Who were the Inca? Native American tribe in South America Lived between the 1200’s – 1500’sBy 1400, Inca empire consisted of over 12 million peopleExpanded through present day Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Argentina.Covered over 2,000 milesMost Inca ruins can be found in modern day Peru.
3 Where did they live? Cuzco = Inca capital Known as the “City of the Sun”Center of government, trade, learning and religionMachu Picchu = Inca “resort area” for the nobilityAndes MountainsLand also included: desert, fertile valleys, some rainforests
4 What did they do? They used natural stone in their architecture. They didn’t use mortar.They would cut huge stones into an exact fit.Used aqueducts for irrigation purposesPipe or channel designed to carry water from a distant sourceCan be carried over 500 miles
5 Built terraces on mountainsides in the Andes Mountains Terraces were used for living space as well as farmingMany of terraces and aqueducts are still used today
6 Kept extra food in storehouses in case the crops failed one year. Built over 19,000 miles of roads used for pedestrians (no wheeled vehicles)Used to help govern their empireProvided speedy travel for the army as well as the trade caravansUsed runners to send messages since they didn’t have a written languageroughly 250 miles per day were traveledThey also made a series of rope bridges and tunnels when obstacles got in their way.
7 Conquered smaller groups of people to build an empire of 12 million people Used brutal fighting to conquered other tribes2,500 miles of land in empireEmpire divided into provinces, collected taxes, government took care of sick and elderlyCrops were used to pay taxes (similar to Aztecs and Mayans)
8 How did they live? Mostly farmers – economy based on agriculture Potatoes (papa) were the most important food of the IncasCould be planted at high elevations and resisted frostCorn (sara) – over 20 varieties created, grown only in lower regionsAlso grew squash, tomatoes, chili peppers and cotton.Traded with other communities, built empire with roads and aqueductsUsed astronomy to plan their crops.Terraces were at different heights – plants were planted a specific times for the height of the terrace.Pillars around Cuzco helped them time their plantings. When the sun rose or set between sets of pillars, it was time to plant crops at certain altitudes.
9 Polytheistic religion Worshiped many godsMost were nature gods.Believed that certain objects were sacred (huacas).Could be a river, a rock, a stone temple, small charm or amulet.Would pray to the huacas to keep the gods happy.Also burial sites were considered sacred because they believed in an afterlife.Viracocha = most important god of the Incas, creator of all the people of the AndesViracocha / Kukulkan / QuetzalcoatlMusic was used in religious ceremonies.Sacrificial items were typically animals. However, humans were sacrificed in times of disaster or special occasions.
10 Developed a counting system Based on 10sNo written languageRecorded information on knotted strings called quipsMain cord about 2 feet long with several colored strings attachedColors = different itemsKnots = sizes and interval apart stood for the specific numberWritten language didn’t exist until the Spanish conquest.
12 The government system was also highly developed. They had a rigid social structure divided into two groups – farmers and nobles.You were not allowed to change social classes.People of high rank wore special headbands and earrings to distinguish themselvesThe government system was also highly developed.Emperor was at the top.He was considered to be a direct descendant to the sun god.He ruled with the help of nobles to carry out his orders.Governors were also put in place to maintain control of the various regions outside of the capitol.
13 Tamed and used llamas Uneven ground = 6-12 miles per day Largest native animal of Western Hemisphere to be tamedUsed for transportation of both men and materialsIncas - only group in Latin America to use the llama to help them workLlama able to travel long distances without additional waterUneven ground = 6-12 miles per dayEven ground = miles per dayCan run faster than a horse when necessaryAlso provided wool and foodWool used to make clothing, blankets, ropes and sacks to carry goods
14 Why did the Inca empire fall? 1533 – A Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, defeated the IncasHe landed in Peru with about 180 soldiersAtahualpa, the Incan emperor, was invited to a feast by Pizarro.When Atahualpa arrived, Pizarro ambushed him, captured him. He offered Pizarro a room filled with gold in exchange for his freedom.Pizarro allowed him to fill the room full of gold (24 tons of gold and silver) When he was finished, Pizarro cut his throat and took the gold.Much of the gold was melted down and sent back to Spain.After Pizarro killed Atahualpa, Pizarro captured the city of Cuzco.
15 Why did the Inca empire fall? By 1535, the Inca empire had been crushed by the Spanish.Similar to the Aztec empire, the Inca outnumbered the Spanish But they still lost!How did the Spanish defeat them again?SmallpoxSpanish weaponsSpanish convinced other tribes under Inca rule to join them in the fight in defeating the Inca empire.Remaining Inca were forced to work on the encomiendas.Many died from European diseases – smallpox and influenza.Pizarro was eventually killed by other Spanish leaders in search of his wealth he had acquired while governor of colonial lands.
16 Do the Inca exist today? The Inca bloodline still exists today. About 8 million descendants live in South America – the Quecha.They speak the Quechuan language and follow the beliefs and customs of the ancient Inca Empire.Junior Scholastic article Life in the Andes.