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Inca Takeover

The high adobe walls of Chan Chan must have seemed impenetrable in the late 1400s when the Inca began their efforts to unseat the Chimú. To help overcome this issue, one of the Inca’s military tactics was to divert the waterways around Chan Chan to cut off its water supply. The Inca finally conquered the coast of Peru around A.D. 1470, defeating the Chimú on the battlefield and dissolving their administration.

Text Source: Stuart, George E. Ancient Pioneers: The First Americans. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2001. National Geographic Virtual Library.
Photograph by:
  • Kike Calvo/National Geographic Creative