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also In·ka  (ĭng′kə)
n. pl. Inca or In·cas also Inka or In·kas
a. A member of the group of Quechuan peoples of highland Peru who established an empire from northern Ecuador to central Chile before the Spanish conquest.
b. A ruler or high-ranking member of the Inca Empire.
2. A member of any of the peoples ruled by the Incas.

[Spanish, from Quechua inka, ruler, man of royal lineage.]


AD 1200–1535 The Incas built an extensive empire, the hub of which was the city of Cuzco. Their ruler was known as the Only Inca,” and was regarded as a god. The Inca were sunworshippers, and practiced human sacrifice. Their last king, Atahualpa, was captured by the Spanish expedition led by Pizzaro.
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He was heir direct, without anyone to share, in those treasures torn from the Incas and from the conquered of Ferdinand Cortez.
Valparaiso -- Portillo Pass -- Sagacity of Mules -- Mountain- torrents -- Mines, how discovered -- Proofs of the gradual Elevation of the Cordillera -- Effect of Snow on Rocks -- Geological Structure of the two main Ranges, their distinct Origin and Upheaval -- Great Subsidence -- Red Snow -- Winds -- Pinnacles of Snow -- Dry and clear Atmosphere -- Electricity -- Pampas -- Zoology of the opposite Side of the Andes -- Locusts -- Great Bugs -- Mendoza -- Uspallata Pass -- Silicified Trees buried as they grew -- Incas Bridge -- Badness of the Passes exaggerated -- Cumbre -- Casuchas -- Valparaiso.
The priestcraft of the East and West, of the Magian, Brahmin, Druid, and Inca, is expounded in the individual's private life.
A rigorous investigation of how the Incas worked their materials and carried out their major masonry works is long overdue.
In the Ands Mountains, a graduate student from the University of California at Los Angeles, working with a Peruvian archaeologist, has located the remains of an Inca city from which nearby Machu Picchu can easily be seen.
Agency : Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Aerospatiala Elie Carafoli INCAS Bucuresti
Many of these take place at sites that go back thousands of years, belonging to cultures that lived in Peru long before the more recent and famous Incas.
From the times of the Incas to the present, the lake of Chiu-Chiu has been the source of legends.
News reports that the site will help to explain the demise of the Inca empire are "completely incorrect," adds Lennon.
As we walked the last downhill mile, the jungle and orchids grew more profuse, the road receded from view, and then we were there, at the classic overlook of the fabled ``Lost City of the Incas,'' Machu Picchu.
The labor-based tax system imposed by the strong central government of the Incas included the cultivation of crops, service in the armed forces or the weaving of textiles, which were then redistributed by the emperor.
The find, he adds, may rival the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.