Inca Facts

There are many interesting and unknown facts about the Inca Civilization that originated in Peru and on this page we aim to enlighten you on all the facts you need to know about the Inca people.


>>The Inca people originated around A.D. 1150 in the Cuzco valley of what is now modern-day Peru. By its height in the 1520s, the Inca Empire stretched 3,500 miles from what is now modern Colombia to central Chile and also incorporated substantial portions of BEcivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru.

>>Inca rulers adopted a form of Quechua for their administrative language, and doing so spread it into outlying areas of their empire, but the Inca incorporated many different cultures and their languages.

>>The Inca apparently kept accounts and perhaps historical information using a quipu, a system of knotted and dyed string; according to the Spanish, the Inca also chanted and sang historical legends and painted wooden tablets.


>>The Inca had two origin beliefs. In one, Tici Viracocha of Colina de las Ventanas in Pacaritambo sent forth his four sons and four daughters to establish a village. Along the way, Sinchi Roca was born to Manco and Ocllo, and Sinchi Roca is the person who finally led them to the valley of Cuzco where they founded their new village. There Manco became their leader and became known as Manco Capac.

>>Many of the building blocks that have been used to create Machu Piccu weigh 50 tones or more yet are precisely sculpted and fit together with great precision that the mortarless joints will not permit the insertion of even a thin knife blade.

>>Machu Picchu is called the lost city because the jungle had literally swallowed it when Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III rediscovered it in 1911. When the overgrown vegetation was removed, the complex of ruins was revealed.

>>After the fall of Tahuantinsuyu, the new Spanish rulers brutally repressed the people and their traditions. Many aspects of Inca culture were systematically destroyed, including their sophisticated farming system.

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