Peru History

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Peru was first discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago, and while the Incas may not be around anymore their influences are seen all around this beautiful country. The walls that the Inca’s built thousands of years ago still stand today even though there have been many earth quakes throughout the years, in fact the stones that the wall is made out of fit so well together it’s impossible to get a piece of paper in between them. Even the stone roads that the Inca built are still used to this day.
Peru was once a part of a huge empire until they were conquered by Francisco Pizarro in 1531 until 1533 on July 28, 1821 Peru declared independent from the Spanish but Spain was not fully defeated until 1824. Peru was a country that was under
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Most everyone lived outside of the cities were very small. Since the 1970’s the population has grown it’s just over 28 million today. Now most people live in the cities mainly on the coast. Lima is the most populated city with 8 million citizens.
Life is really similar for the urban middle class in Peru as it is here in the U.S kids go to school and adults go to work, on weekends they go out and maybe go to dinner or catch a movie. Life is very different in the mountains where families struggle to make ends meet. Most of the children work rather than go to school, the law says that children must go to school from age 6 to 14 but this rarely happens. The lessons are taught in Spanish so the children must learn and understand the language to understand the lesson. Most children drop out of school by middle school to help put food on the table.
Music and Dancing and Fiesta’s are all a part of Peruvian culture. One of the most famous fiestas that happens in Peru is carnival, which happens right before Lent, there are processions, music and drinking and eating. At the end of Lent the biggest festival takes place Semana Santa or as we say in English Holy Week. All Peruvians gather rich or ppor to watch Bible scenes and just celebrate the rising of the
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In 1955 while climbing on a volcano in the Andes an archaeologist found a wrapped bundle in the ice when he turned it over he was in shock to find that he was looking straight into the face of a girl. The freezing temperature had preserved her body for over five hundred years. She was sacrificed to the Inca gods, she was the first of many other children to be discovered on the mountains. It is believed that some parents even offered their own children as sacrifices. All of the victims were dressed in beautiful clothes and led in a procession to the top of the mountain, where they were killed outright or drugged so they would fall asleep and never wake up

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