INCA PEOPLE AND THE NAZCA LINES. THE INCA EMPIRE IN ITS PRIME.
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THE INCA EMPIRE IN ITS PRIME • Created by the legendary Manco Cápac this empire was the dominant power in South America and ruled all smaller tribes, we don’t exactly know when the empire was formed as sources vary over hundreds of years. The most famous land mark in the empire is Machu Picchu which is almost 8000 feet above sea level, deep in the Andes Mountains.
INCA WARFARE • The Incas knew that sometimes you must go to war and to keep their rule in south America they relied on peace and a tough military. • The Inca preferred a simple sling over a bow and arrow, and used a bronze axe or club with a bronze or stone head for melee weapon. They collected spoils of war from those they defeated.
INCA RELIGION AND SACRIFICE • The Inca people believed in several Gods the supposed father of Manco Capac was Inti the Sun God. The Inca religion was very strong as the priests where very important in society. • Human sacrifice was uncommon but definitely around, this is the tumi a sacrificial knife.
THE NAZCA LINES • A mystery to the world, the Nazca lines are a series of drawings in the dessert, pictures range from an alien, to animals and lines that are perfectly straight for miles.
FOOD • Corn and potatoes where a big part of their diets. Meat was a big luxury, beans and peppers are also a staple of a typical Inca persons diet
THE FALL OF A NATION • When Francisco Pizzaro came to Peru in 1532 the Inca empire didn’t stand a chance, as the conquistadors had firearms and superior weapons and armor. The last remaining Incas found refuge up in the mountains, some say there is a hidden city where the descendants of those who where forced into exile reside.
IN POP CULTURE • In The Emperor's New Groove prince Kuzco “Emperor of the Incas” lives in Cusco and plans to build his personal resort “Machu picchu” on top of Pacha’s house in the Andes Mountains.
Bibliography • http://www.localhistories.org/inca.html • http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/latinamerica/south/cultures/inca.html • http://coe.fgcu.edu/students/webb/meso/inca.htm • http://www.crystalinks.com/incan.html