Many aspects of previous Andean cultures were fused together by the Inka empire.
With a genius for state organization and bureaucratic control over peoples of different cultures and languages, it achieved a level of integration and domination previously unknown in the Americas.
In the Andean zone, large states continued to be important despite the breakdown of power that took place in postclassic Mesoamerica.
A series of military of war between rival local chiefdoms and small states was launched during this period and is an example of an Andean parallel to the campaigns that gave incas control of the post-Toltec militaristic era.
The most powerful state was the coastal kingdom of Chimor, which centered the region from Cuzco to the shores on its capital of Chan-Chan.
The inca rise to Power some form of kinship; traced descent from some common, sometimes, while Chimor spread its control over 600 miles of the coast.
They emerged from caves in the region and were taken to Cuzco by a mythical leader.
By 1438 they had defeated their neighbors.
From what is now Columbia to Chile and eastward across Lake Titicaca to northern Argentina.
The empire was expanded by each ruler.
In order to increase wealth and political control, the cult of the ancestors was important.
The Chimu kingdom is thought to have originated the system of split inheritance.
10 rulers' names were recorded.
There are 10 large walled structures at Chan-Chan.
Archeologists believe that each of these palatial compounds was a different king's residence and that each became a mausoleum for his mummy upon his death.
More than 2 square miles was covered by Chan-Chan.
The greater the number of past rulers, the greater the number of royal courts to support, and the greater the demand for labor, lands, and tribute.
The system created a self-perpetuating need for land remained in the hands of male expansion, as well as tensions between descendants for support of the cult of dead inca's mummy.
The cult of the dead was very heavy on the living.
Political and social life in the Inka was infused with religious meaning.
The Aztecs held the sun to be the highest deity and considered the Inca to be the sun's representative on earth.
The state religion of the empire was the cult of the sun, but the mummies of the past did not prohibit worship of local gods.
The state religion worshiped other deities.
The creator god, Viracocha, was important to the people of the area.
Many natural phenomena were endowed with spiritual power by popular belief.
Animals, goods, and humans were sacrificed at these places.
In the Cuzco area, imaginary lines ran from the Temple of the Sun to organize the huacas into groups.
The priests and women of the temples prepared cloth and food for sacrifice.
The priests of the temple were mainly responsible for the great festivals and celebrations.
The techniques of inca imperial rule as inns and storehouses allowed them to control their vast empire by using techniques and practices that ensured coop centers for inca armies on the move.
The empire was ruled by the Inka, who was considered a god.
He used to carry things.
The lands were divided again after labor was taken for them.
Most of the nobles played a role in the state bureaucracy.
An essential and smaller number of households to mobilize taxes and labor is one aspect of inca imperial control.
The curacas received labor or produce from those under their control.
The Quechua was spread as a means of integrating the empire.
Runners carried messages throughout the empire.
Inca probably had more than 10,000 tambos.
Land and labor were taken from the subject populations.
Tilcara received goods from new conquests.
The Incas wanted loyalty and tribute.
All resources were redistributed by 400 KILOMETERS.