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?
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
Simon Taylor
Fascinating stuff.
Apr 8, 2020 3:08AM
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
Peter Robertson
Jaminator, Orange nincompoop or Alzheimers sufferer-you got the choice in November
Mar 27, 2020 5:15PM
Proof that all lives matter! We, as one human race, can do wonderful things! But, no, our leaders (in this case, the orange nincompoop) Tell us we are to distrust others and start wars with people that we could build a friendship. Wouldn't it be better to get all the people together as one race? Rainbows have all colors and are as beautiful as one. I would rather go to a BBQ and meet new friends than to go to war and kill what could be a friend. War/ BBQ. Which one is more fun?
Mar 27, 2020 5:12PM

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