The Inca Empire: Time and Customs

The Inca Empire was for a time the largest country in South America. It was founded in the Cuzco region of Peru in 1483. They were conquered by the Spanish in 1532. The Spanish tried to outlaw Inca customs and religion, but some survived and is still alive today. “The Incas were the most powerful civilization in Peru for less than one hundred years, but they made a lasting impression in that short period.” 1.

The Inca society was based on joint ownership. No matter what your trade, you did not earn money for it. Instead, every person gave the goods he/she made to people who needed it. Their clothing was rather similar to Greco-Roman styles, men wearing breechclouts and white tunics, and women wearing long belted tunics instead.

Works Cited

Bobbie Kalman, Peru: The People and Culture (New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2003), pp.8-9. (Footnote from here)

John Hemming, The Conquest of the Incas (New York: Harcourt, Inc., 1970), pp.60-61.

Gary Underwood, Spirit of the Incas (Clayton South, Austrailia: Blake Education, 2006), pp.6-8.


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