6 extraordinary facts about the Incas

Culture Story: 6 extraordinary facts about the Incas

This huge and powerful empire flourished in South America over the course of three centuries. While the most famous site associated with the Incas is Machu Picchu, there are many little-known facts about these incredible civilization you need to know.

Where were the Incas located?

Basic facts about the Incas:

  • in the 1200s, they started as a small tribe;
  • during the 15th century, they built a large empire with well-running social order;
  • the Incas were talented engineers whose inventions were ahead of time;
  • Machu Picchu was a citadel built for one of the Inca emperors;
  • in the 1530s, the empire started to fall apart because of the Spanish conquest.

Which of these facts surprised you the most? Were you familiar with any of these before? Tell us in the comments!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Doris Dallaire
The trepanation surgery got my interest, I’ll have to learn more about that. Also the intelligence tests for their children. What an amazing civilization, so advanced. And totally destroyed by the greedy Europeans who came to steal and destroy them.
Nov 29, 2020 5:16PM
Sheila Thomas
What a shame that we lost their wonderful culture and obvious intelligence. Mans greed has a lot to answer for subduing this culture for gold etc.
Aug 14, 2020 3:49AM
Gery Tillmanns
Nothing here surprised me. They were way ahead of their time and thanks to the greed of the European settlers, they were raped, pillaged, slaughtered and suffered from white man desease. There was much to be learned from these super intellects, but the white man chose to destroy that knowledge for metals and gems.
Aug 6, 2020 6:35PM
Carol Baker
Really interesting. Would like to learn more..
May 10, 2020 4:43PM
I'd like to know more about their intelligence tests. How were they done and how complicated?
Apr 22, 2020 4:46PM
June Dutt
Very interesting
Apr 11, 2020 4:57AM
Performing Trepanation surgery on the skull! Amazing. Thank you for giving us potatoes, maize, and tomatoes. Gracias from your Spanish younger history.
Mar 30, 2020 11:21PM
Cheryl McMeekin
Interesting info
Mar 30, 2020 8:18PM
Emm Yo
The children's' intelligence tests piqued my interest
Mar 30, 2020 2:21AM
Chriss Crockford
Very interesting thank you
Mar 29, 2020 11:03AM
I knew about the food they ate and the hole in the skull!
Mar 28, 2020 5:24PM
Oscar BaAye
I wonder at what age do they give their children 'Intelligence Tests' in order to vet them into suitable education or vocational training? Mid-teens I hope so they can enjoy the joys of childhood.
Mar 28, 2020 2:59PM
Chip Combs
Hey Jaminator - the Incas conquered their neighbors, suffered a civil war, and practiced human sacrifice. They wd have laughed at your one world notions. Trump wouldn't have trusted them & he wd have been right. Your ignorance is overwhelming!
Mar 28, 2020 9:19AM
So very interesting! 😊👍
Mar 27, 2020 5:18PM
Jaminator, BBQ! I'm with you!😊👍
Mar 27, 2020 5:17PM

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