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Governing Structure

atahualpa, the last inca emperor

Many of the tribes were very secluded. They lived in remote areas such as the mountains. Still the government ruled them all with no trouble. 

The Inca cities were not heavily populated. The  Inca people would leave their villages for business, market, and festivals. The people that did live in the city were craftsmen. The government kept records of all the villages, in the city.


1. Manco Capac - Sun God

2. Sinchi Roca

3. Lloque Yupanqui

4. Maita Capac

5. Capac Yupanqui

6. Inca Roca

7. Yahuar Huacac

8. Inca Viracocha

9. Pachacuti-Inca-Yupanqui

10. Topa Inca Yupanqui

11. Huayna Capac

12. Huascar

13. Atahuallpa

Cuzco was the center of Inca life. This was the richest city in the New World. The Inca leader's resided there. "The Inca" being the main leader and his nobles,  who took care of the people. The government was exceptional in their organization.

The Inca leaders accumulated many riches. which accompanied them, in death, in their tombs. But it was their great wealth that ultimately undid the Inca, for the Spaniards, upon reaching the New World, learned of the abundance of gold in Inca society and soon set out to conquer it at all costs. The plundering of Inca riches continues today with the pillaging of sacred sites and blasting of burial tombs by grave robbers in search of precious Inca gold.

The Incas are famous for their gold. They mined extensive deposits of gold and silver, but this wealth ultimately brought disaster in the 16th century, when Spanish soldiers came seeking riches for themselves and their king.

Gold, to the Incas, was the 'sweat of the sun' and Silver the 'tears of the moon.'

Money existed in the form of work. Each subject of the empire paid taxes by laboring on the myriad roads, crop terraces, irrigation canals, temples, or fortresses. In return, rulers paid their laborers in clothing and food. Silver and gold were abundant, but only used for aesthetics

The Inca leaders accumulated many riches. which accompanied them, in death, in their tombs