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Most of modern-day Chile, Bolivia and Peru united under Inca rule. Mankind: The Story of All of Us V, History Channel 2012
Pumapunku is an large temple complex located on a high plateau in Bolivia. Archaeologists date the site from approximately 200 B.C. The people who lived here had neither a written language nor the wheel, yet somehow they built one of the world’s baffling and complex structures. Ancient Aliens s1e1: The Evidence, History 2010
A complex of stone structures dating back more than ten thousand years. And the remains of an Incan temple reported to have other-worldly origins. Ancient Aliens s2e8: Unexplained Structures
The mountains of Peru ... Here is a high river valley, amongst peaks towering over 20,000 feet, the Inca established their capital city of Cusco which thrived for over three hundred years until Spanish conquistadors arrived. ibid.
Astonishing stonework: but not all of it is credited to the Inca ... The Inca themselves believe the site was constructed by an earlier, unnamed race of people led by a powerful god who descended from the skies ... Veracocha. ibid.
According to local legend a bird was responsible for the seamless construction. Legends say the winged creature carried a powerful chemical in its beak – a substance capable of melting stone. ibid.
This is Machu Picchu: the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Well not so much lost, just never found by the Spaniards ... Machu Picchu is an extraordinary, mysterious place. It’s a sobering reminder that no civilisation is immortal no matter how powerful and mighty it may seem to itself. Niall Ferguson, Civilisation: Is the West History? III Property, Channel 4 2011
The collapse of the Inca empire in the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors was a bloody affair. The Aztec Massacre
What all that Inca silver had done was turn Western life into the money-go-round it is today. James Burke, Connections s2e10: Deja Vu, BBC 1994
Lost in the mountains of Peru is the legendary city of gold: El Dorado. Built from the wealth of the Inca Empire it’s the treasure trove the Spanish never found. But does it really exist? Mystery Investigator: Olly Steeds: Lost City of Gold, Discovery 2010
If Machu Picchu, a massive site, can remain undiscovered until the dawn of the twentieth century, then why not a city of gold hidden somewhere in the Andes? ibid.
It was more than just gold that was being destroyed, it was the heritage and identity of the Inca. And some of that stone and Inca gold is actually still here: decorating the church the Spanish built on the remains of an Inca temple ... A handful of missionaries did try to stop the carnage and looting, but the mercenaries from Spain prevailed. ibid.
In 1911 young American explorer Hiram Bingham arrived in Peru's sacred valley. Bingham was looking for a fabled lost city ... A place overgrown and all but forgotten. What Bingham saw astonished him. Dr Jago Cooper, The Inca: Masters of the Clouds I: Foundations, BBC 2015
Their empire was the biggest in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans. ibid.
These storehouses were an important logistical element to the growing of the empire. ibid.
This was an empire of the mind. ibid.
A catastrophic clash of two completely different cultures. ibid.
Deep in the heart of the Peruvian Andes there is a shrine ... The White Stone ... The empire they had ruled had shrunk. Dr Jago Cooper, The Inca: Masters of the Clouds II: Clash of Empires
A land of desert temples, of palaces in the clouds, and cities hidden deep in the forest. ibid.
Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t be lazy. Quechua greeting
Your emperor may be a great prince; I do not doubt it, seeing that he has sent his subjects so far across the waters; and I am willing to treat him as a brother. As for your pope of whom you speak, he must be mad to speak of giving away countries that do not belong to him. As for my faith, I will not change it. Your own God, as you tell me, was put to death by the very men He created. But my God still looks down on His children. Atahualpa, Inca Chief, on hearing Pope Alexander VI declaring Peru a possession of Spain
The Inca built an empire without rival. It spanned almost an entire continent. The Secrets of the Incas, 2000
Yet the Inca left no written record. ibid.
Following tantalising legends, Spanish Conquistadors invaded Peru in 1532. They came in search of one thing: gold. ibid.
There are two distant concepts on the issue of gold: the Spanish were looking for metal because in their economy these precious metals were important. The Inca knew about the gold but the gold didn’t have the same value of money or wealth. Professor Jorge Flores-Ochoa, anthropologist
There lies Peru with its riches; here, Panama and its poverty. Choose, each man, what best becomes a great Castilian. Francisco Pizarro
I wish your Your Majesty to understand the motive that moves me to make this statement is the peace of my conscience and because of the guilt I share. For we have destroyed by our evil behaviour such a government as was enjoyed by these natives. They were so free of crime and greed, both men and women, that they could leave gold or silver worth a hundred thousand pesos in their open house. So that when they discovered that we were thieves and men who sought to force their wives and daughters to commit sin with them, they despised us. But now things have come to such a pass in offence of God, owing to the bad example we have set them in all things, that these natives from doing no evil have turned into people who can do no good. I beg God to pardon me, for I am moved to say this, seeing that I am the last to die of the Conquistadors. Mansio Serra Leguizamon
When has it ever happened, either in ancient or modern times, that such amazing exploits have been achieved? Over so many climes, across so many seas, over such distances by land, to subdue the unseen and unknown? Whose deeds can be compared with those of Spain? Not even the ancient Greeks and Romans. Francisco Xeres, report on discovery of Peru