Pachacuti - Founder of the Inca Empire in South America

Pachacuti - Founder of the Inca Empire in South America

Although we know of many rulers from antiquity, there are only a select few who stand out as beacons of what can be accomplished. Here are 10 great ancient

Cusco, Peru - Inti Raymi Festival | by Sergio Pessolano.  http://blog.favoroute.com/holidays-around-the-world/

Cusco, Peru - Inti Raymi Festival | by Sergio Pessolano. http://blog.favoroute.com/holidays-around-the-world/

At it's prime, the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to central Chile and ruled more than 12 million people who spoke at least 20 languages. Amazing! Anyone out there speak more than five?

At it's prime, the Inca Empire stretched from Colombia to central Chile and ruled more than 12 million people who spoke at least 20 languages. Amazing! Anyone out there speak more than five?

This girl was a sacrifice, over 500 years ago, in the Inca Empire. These are the photos from the expedition that found her. Courtesy of National Geographic.

This girl was a sacrifice, over 500 years ago, in the Inca Empire. These are the photos from the expedition that found her. Courtesy of National Geographic.

Inca Empire

Inca Empire

Princess Baths at Ollantaytambo, an Inca Empire town in Peru. Ollantaytambo is a town on the way to Machu Picchu. It has Inca Ruins such as this.

Princess Baths at Ollantaytambo, an Inca Empire town in Peru. Ollantaytambo is a town on the way to Machu Picchu. It has Inca Ruins such as this.

Have u been to PERU? Cuzco - Yes- Need a good heart and lungs.... Elevation 12,500 (mn:  Some say these constructions may have been intended as earthquake-proofing)

Have u been to PERU? Cuzco - Yes- Need a good heart and lungs.... Elevation 12,500 (mn: Some say these constructions may have been intended as earthquake-proofing)

The Inca Empire for Kids - The Incredible IncasInca Empire for Kids from Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page. Everything you need to teach an Inca unit. Tons of cool info for kids, and a ready-to-go unit for teachers. There are a lot more like this on Mr. Donn's site so check it out! Going in Ancient History & Archaeology.

The Inca Empire for Kids - The Incredible IncasInca Empire for Kids from Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page. Everything you need to teach an Inca unit. Tons of cool info for kids, and a ready-to-go unit for teachers. There are a lot more like this on Mr. Donn's site so check it out! Going in Ancient History & Archaeology.

Honeycomb patterns in the ruin walls of the Chimu-dynasty city of Chan Chan in Peru. The adobe city of Chan Chan, the largest in the world, was built around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in AD 1470. It was the imperial capital where 30,000 people lived.

Honeycomb patterns in the ruin walls of the Chimu-dynasty city of Chan Chan in Peru. The adobe city of Chan Chan, the largest in the world, was built around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in AD 1470. It was the imperial capital where 30,000 people lived.

Tiwanaku is an important Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Bolivia. Tiwanaku was the ritual and administrative capital of a major state, one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire, flourishing for approximately five hundred years between 500 AD and 1000 AD.

Tiwanaku is an important Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Bolivia. Tiwanaku was the ritual and administrative capital of a major state, one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire, flourishing for approximately five hundred years between 500 AD and 1000 AD.

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