The Inca Empire (Inka) No written language, so the spoken Quechua language has given way to many variant spellings. Cuzco was the capital city in the center of the empire, Tawantinsuyu, Four Parts, Four Quarters Empire lasted less than 100 years Conquistador Francisco Pizzaro arrived at a time of civil war, Inca power already in decline
Key achievements1. Political administration2. Accounting3. Engineering 1. Road system 2. Agricultural terracing 3. Stone construction4. Textile production5. Gold (ransom of Atahualpa)
1 Political administration Resettlement Marriages Organization around industries and professions
5 Gold (or, the Ransom ofAtahualpa) Room filled with gold and twice over with silver. (Dimensions of the room vary in different chroniclers’ accounts.) Arriving from every corner of the empire by the llama-load Pizarro ordered it melted down so more could fit in the room. The golden façade of Corimancha (Temple of the Sun) was melted down.