What Happened to the Inca Empire?

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Between 1438 and 1533, the Inca people created the largest empire in the Western Hemisphere covering more than 900 square kilometers of what is now parts of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Their population of 10 million built advanced cities, and administrative state, and an extensive network of roads and canals. And they did it all in a challenging mountain landscape without the “technology” of wheels, iron, or a written language. Their capital city of Cusco was described by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro as “so beautiful that it would be remarkable even in Spain.” Yet, their glory lasted only a hundred years. Watch this great video to find out what happened.

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