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An early culture in South America was _____________.

Lived in ____________highlands, 800 to 400 BC

The Chavín

•Lived in Peruvian highlands, 800 to 400 BC

Chavin de Huantar

–Religious in daily life, trading center of culture

–Home to about 3,000 farmers, craftspeople



What was Chavin crops like in different climate?

•Warmer climate: Had irrigation systems, grew corn

•Cooler higher in mountains: Grew potatoes


Another culture was the _________.  

Lived in desert of ________ around 400 BC to AD 600

The Moche

•Lived in desert of Peru  400 BC to AD 600



What did the Moche build?

•Built irrigation canals in desert, channeled flow of Andean streams to crops


What artwork were the Moche known for?

•Best known for skilled metalwork in gold, silver, pottery

•Pottery depicted scenes of everyday life, including warfare


The _________ was an early culture in South America.

These are desert people living 200 BC to AD 600 best known for ___________

The Nazca

•Desert people, 200 BC to AD 600, best known for huge designs on desert floor



What did the Nazca build?

•Built irrigation canals and relied on springs & flooding to water crops

•Farming supported large population


The greatest empire in South America was the __________ empire

The Inca Empire


How did the Inca empire begin?

How far did it stretch?

•Brought entire South American region into one empire

•Began as small tribe

•Early 1500s, empire expanded along Pacific coast


What was the Inca government like?


•Period of rapid expansion

•Pachacuti used political alliances, military force


How did Inca rule its empire?

Ruling a large empire

•Incas needed strong government

•Emperor had most power

•Did not want conquered people to rebel 


How did Inca empire create stability across the empire?

Creating stability

•Moved leaders of conquered areas out

•Moved loyal new leaders in

•Military used to protect against rebellion, external attacks


What was the Inca empire's ECONOMY like?


•Strictly controlled by government

•Common people required to pay labor tax, called the mita

•Government told each household what work to do to pay tax


What was the MITA?


•Paid by weaving cloth, working on government farms, mines, building roads

•No merchants, goods distributed by government

•Extra food, goods stored in government warehouses for emergencies


How did the Incas record numbers?

•Inca used quipu, colored and knotted cords representing numbers, dates


How did the Inca track goods?

•No written language, quipu used to record taxes, number livestock, census

•Road system improved communication, helped government control economy


How did the government play a big role in Inca society?


The government also played a big role in Inca society.

Each family was grouped with others into a cooperative community


Community groupings were called _________



How was the AYLLU organized?

How were activities organized?

Who was the head?

•Members shared activities like farming, building canals, rituals

•Each group of ten ayllus had chief

•Chain of command from emperor down to local level


How were classes of people divided?

•No slaves

•Most belonged to lower class




•Wore plain clothes

•Could not own more than needed

• Served upper class


Who were the upper class people?

Where did they live?

UPPER CLASS - King, government officials, priests

•Lived in capital, Cuzco

–Stone houses

–Fine clothes

–Did not pay tax

–Attended school to prepare to be officials


________ was a key element of Inca society

Religion a key element of Inca society


What was the most important in Inca religion?

–Sun god was most important of all

–Believed kings related to sun god


Main temple was located in _________

•Main temple located in Cuzco 


What were in the religious ceremonies?

–Mummies of dead kings worshipped

–Religious ceremonies often included sacrifices of llamas, cloth or food, rarely humans


How were the Inca empire organized?

Well organized: Engineering, arts, builders of forts and roads. Many Inca structures were built so well they still stand today.


What was Inca metalwork like?

•Skilled in metalwork

•Artisans made ornaments of gold, silver

•Created a life-sized field of corn out of gold & silver in temple courtyard


How did the Incans do weaving?

•Weavers worked with wool, cotton

•Divided cloth into three categories

oPlain for households

oFiner for taxes and trade

oSpecial for royal and religious purposes


How long did the Inca empire last?

What ended the empire?

The Inca Empire lasted only about 100 years.

Arrival of Spanish in 1532 marked end of Empire.