Native Heritage of Latin America: The Inca Empire

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Native Heritage of Latin America: The Inca The Inca Empire was one of the largest classic civilization empires in South America during the Pre-Columbian era. They had a very large empire, which they called Tawantinsuyo, and the Inca used what they had to achieve amazing accomplishments. Among their accomplishments was the agricultural terraces, a road and bridge system, a unique record keeping system and their impressive masonry. They thrived up until they were conquered by the Spanish in the early 1500s. The Inca have many interesting aspects to their culture, such as Machu Picchu, the Quipus, and their unique method of communication. One of the most interesting things talked about during lecture was the Incan archeological site Machu Picchu. I believe that Machu Picchu stands out because of its mysterious and interesting aspects and its existence was unknown for many centuries. Scientists believe that it was originally built as a religious retreat or a temple for high priests due to the skeletal finds, a majority being women and children, but there are still many theories about why they built this extraordinary site. Machu Picchu is considered, by many, one of “the world’s most important archeological sites (Destination360).” It was built sometime in the 1400s and was not rediscovered until almost 500 years later in the early 1900s because they had hid it so well. Even during their conquer, the Spanish were never able to find it (Destination360). Machu
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