The territory’s size and location
In 1500, the Inca empire covers a large territory that stretches about 3500 kilometers long and 800 kilometers wide. This territory is a strip of land that runs along the Pacific Ocean and covers part of South America.
Mountains, dense forest and dry regions
The territory of the Incas is difficult to exploit because it contains many high mountains. In fact, the Inca Empire is crossed by the Andes, the largest mountain range in America. On the edge of the ocean, several very dry places make agriculture difficult because of the lack of water. The Incas had to adapt to their environment and use several special techniques for transport and agriculture for example.
Climate and vegetation
The climate is almost always hot, but it varies from region to region, as does the vegetation. In the mountains, the days are hot and the nights are cold. There are not many trees. It is very different from the Amazon forest where it is very hot and humid, and where there are many species of plants.
“The Inca Empire began around Lake Titicaca in about 1197. From 1438 to 1533, the Incas used conquest and non-violent assimilation to gain a large portion of western South America. Their empire centered on the Andean mountain ranges. It included large parts of what is now Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.” (Source: kiddle.co)
Author: Alexandre Lanoix
Important concepts and big ideas:
Adapt to the environment – S’adapter à l’environnement (Adapt to the climate, territory, region, etc.)
Resources – Ressources
Rich in resources – Riche en ressources
Empire – Empire (Expansive or large Empire)