Glad this popped up in my feed. I’ve been reading about the Spanish conquest of Peru and the Inca Empire. I’ve become enamored with the Inca. I find it remarkable that two empires with almost no previous contact, from two different hemispheres with completely different geographies and wildlife, could be so similar yet so different. Individually, the empires developed remarkably similar social orders, with nobility, royalty, and peasantry. The systems of taxation, martial conscription, and organizing labor for public works functioned similarly. And, as the above photo demonstrates, the Inca were masterful stone masons and builders of carefully planned cities. Were it not for the unfamiliarity with horses, steel, and Spanish germs on the part of the Inca, Machu Pichu might still thrive today.