Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Chile before Chile


Chile under the Inka´s Empire

Chile under the Inka´s Empire

In the 15th century, part of Chile’s present territory –from Arica almost to Rancagua– was annexed by the Inca State. The Incas were primarily interested in the area’s mineral resources, organizing agricultural and large-scale mining complexes in several regions. Local agricultural villages provided food for mine workers. Religion, the Quechua language, the Inca Road and tambos (waystations) were their main instruments of domination.