The Incan Empire

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The Incan Empire

Inca were a native South American people who ruled one of the largest and richest empires in the Americas. The Inca empire emerged in the early A.D. 1400’s and occupied a vast region centered around the capital of Cusco, in southern Peru. The empire extended over 2,500 miles (4,020 kilometers) along the western coast and mountains of South America. It included parts of present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The Inca empire was conquered by Spanish forces in 1532.


A well-constructed network of roads connected all parts of the Inca empire. Suspension bridges maintained by the local communities spanned rivers and canyons. Some of these roads and bridges still exist today. Rest stops were common along the roads. Some of these were large structures with facilities to house the Inca army and storehouses to feed travelers.

Lasting Impact

Did you know that the Inca brought us foods like the potato and chia seeds? Their famous roads and bridges were ahead of thier time!


From Worldbook Online Williams, Patrick Ryan. "Inca." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2015. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

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