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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:09 AM

The Inca Empire

By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | November 5, 2018 01:20pm ET

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Villagers in Cuzco, Peru, dressed in colorful shawls, or chompas, mingle with city-folk and tourists during a festival..
Credit: Jesse Lewis

The Inca Empire was a vast empire that flourished in the Andean region of South America from the early 15th century A.D. up until its conquest by the Spanish in the 1530s. Even after the conquest, Inca leaders continued to resist the Spaniards up until 1572, when its last city, Vilcabamba, was captured.

The Incas built their empire, called Tawantinsuyu or the "Land of the Four Corners," without the wheel, powerful draft animals, iron working, currency or even what we would consider to be a writing system. The empire stretched from modern-day Argentina to southern Columbia, and was divided up into four “suyu,” which intersected at the capital, Cuzco. These suyu in turn were divided into provinces. [Gallery: Tracing the Ancient Incan Empire]

Machu Picchu sits nestled between the Andes mountains of modern-day Peru and the Amazon basin and is one of the Inca's most famous surviving archeological sites.

This breathtaking ancient city, made up of around 200 structures built up on the mountains, is still largely mysterious. Archeologists don't know what purpose many of the structures served, but its intricate roads, trail systems, irrigation canals and agricultural areas suggest humans used the site for a long time, according to UNESCO.


To hear the Quechua language in a song you might enjoy hearing the following song, The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson, sung by Peruvian girl, Renata Flores:

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 12:22 AM

1. Amazing resources available on YouTube regarding constructions in the Andes

built by the Incas and those who came before them, and in some cases, very very long before them. Here's one I just stumbled across after I located the Quechua language applied to a US American song:

So much to discover!

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:01 AM

2. Excellent version of the song

That girl has such a -great- and soothing voice. And in Quechua!

Highly recommended!

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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:42 AM

3. My youngest daughter went to that festival a few years ago.

She visited Machu Picchu at that time, too.

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