The Inca Empire: Largest Empire In Pre-Columbian America

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Emily Ensslin
Period 5 The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The empire began during the 12th century A.D. in a mountain range in South America called the Andes Mountains or modern day southeastern Peru. According to the Inca’s origin myth, they were created by the sun god, Inti, and his children. As time progressed, through their strong leaders and military, the Incas were able to conquer many surrounding empires. The empire had conquered and expanded along the coast of the Pacific Ocean all the way from Northern Ecuador to Chile. However, none of these achievements came easily and expanding their empire almost brought more troubles than good. Ruling an empire that stretched 25,000 miles long and was located in a mountainous area was difficult. They were faced with many geographical issues that were very hard to solve and because of this were forced to come up with clever solutions in order to survive and make day to day life simpler. The Icans were able to overcome their geographic difficulties and unite their empire by creating new technology and systems (“Inca”).
The Incas were able to overcome their difficulties to produce and obtain food, among other resources, by
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Casqui runners were very talented and athletic men that had been trained from birth. Their job wasn’t easy and they had to run thousands of miles a week. The whole empire greatly relied on them. The way the system worked was one runner would run a long distance across the royal highway before then passing the message onto the next Casqui and the chain continued until the message reached where it needed to go. This system made the entire empire run much smoother and more efficient. Messages and news was able to travel incredibly quick because Casquis could run 250 miles a day

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