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How did the Inca unify their empire?

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biglugo9 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:43 AM via web

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How did the Inca unify their empire?

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saintfester | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The Inca were able to unify their vast empire thanks to many different factors and inventions.

First, they developed an amazing system of road which allowed for fast communication throughout their empire. This road system was so well constructed it is still used today in some places.

Second, they has a very well structured government with the Sapa Inca, or emperor, at the top and several regional head down lower. Religion also reenforced the structure by lending the power of the Gods to the authority of those in power.

Third, the Inca were highly militaristic. They used the power of their fearsome military to keep order and silence dissent. This military machine actually helped contribute to their eventual downfall since a civil war contributed to the factors that allowed the Spanish to take over their empire. 

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