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Growth of the Inca Empire
The Inca Empire

The Incas had many different stories to describe the beginning of their world, Tahuantinsuyu, the Four Quarters of the Earth. According to legend, the first ancestors of the Incas were Manco Capac, son of Inti, the Sun, and his sister and wife Mama Ocllo, daughter of the Moon. They came from Lake Titicaca, which is on the border of Peru and Bolivia.

The Incas believed that they were the greatest of all civilizations. Beginning in the 1300s, the Incas began to conquer neighboring lands. 300 years later, they controlled a huge empire, larger than the distance from the east to the west coasts of the United States today.

Although the Incas numbered only about 40,000, their empire stretched more than 2,500 miles along the west coast of South America. They ruled more than 12 million people, made up of over 100 different peoples, speaking 20 different languages. At its height, the empire covered lands that now make up Peru, northern Chile, the far west of Argentina, part of Bolivia, Ecuador, and the southern parts of Colombia. It was the largest empire ever known in the Americas.   [more]
Founding of Cuzco
Founding of Cuzco
The Empire
The Empire