The Incas left no written records of their great civilization, but archaeological remains and the accounts of Spanish conquistadores and priests offer insight to the Incas' vast, yet efficient, empire. The leaders, known as Sapa Incas, created a well-organized society and a government that promoted the growth and prosperity of its people and experienced little corruption or chaos. Today, particularly in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Ecuador, traces of lnca culture survive. People practice a religion that mixes the animism of the Incas with the Catholicism imposed by the Spanish; they live in homes and storehouses that date back to lnca times and continue to celebrate festivals and market days as their ancestors did more than 800 years ago.
Great Empires of the Past narrates the stories of the most influential empires in world history. Each volume in the series provides an overview of one empire or civilization, exploring its rise and fall, the extent of its influence, society and daily life, and impact in the modern world. Numerous sidebars highlight connections to today, key primary documents, and interesting facts. Full-color photographs and maps, a time line, glossary, bibliography, list of further resources, and an index provide readers with additional access to the information.