Chinese Peru

Chinese School in Peru

Several hundred years ago, slaves were transported to South America. Among those slaves were many from China, hence they were called “Chino”.  After being brought there as slaves, another wave of immigrants came on their own terms to find work. Calle Capón, one of the earliest Chinatowns in the Americas was in Lima, Peru.

Strings and Things

Not much is known about the Inca record-keeping system called the quipu or khipu. Consisting of knotted strings of varying colors, the quipu were used as calendars, records of provisions, and even story-telling devices. Archaeologists have been able to decipher some of the numerical values and mathematical equations, but any other words and meanings remain a mystery. We are not …

Incan Sacrifices

Around the 1400’s in the Inca Empire, many religious ceremonies required the sacrifice of enemies or citizens of the empire. Three of these sacrificial victims were discovered remarkably well preserved on the icy ranges of the Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina.

The Inca who refused to quit

Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui (died 1471) was one of the sons of Inca ruler Viracocha. Pachacuti was not the designated heir to the throne.