World's Greatest Mysteries Collection

Season 1 Episode 32

World's Greatest Mysteries Inca Civilization: Defeated Or Diseased?

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2009 on
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World's Greatest Mysteries Inca Civilization: Defeated Or Diseased?
Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. Inca Civilization: Defeated Or Diseased? For more than three centuries starting in the twelfth century AD, the Inca civilization thrived in Peru and the surrounding areas of South America. The Incas had a sophisticated social hierarchy, as well as advanced architectural, mathematical, medical, and astronomical disciplines. The Incan military was so powerful that neighboring tribes and nations frequently gave up armed resistance and accepted inevitable annexation peacefully. This television program examines how an empire that totaled ten million people at its peak strength could be destroyed by a small, unorganized band of only 168 Spaniards. Despite its power, prestige, and wealth the Inca Empire fell to Francisco Pizarro and his men in 1532. How did Pizarro topple the capital city of the Inca Empire, Cuzco, which was reputed to be one of the richest cities in the world? What happened to the vast Inca fortune of gold and silver? Did Pizarro claim it for the Spanish crown, or is it still there hidden among Incan ruins? Lessons in the dramatic and sudden downfall of this once powerful civilization could save other nations from a similar fate today.moreless

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