The Aztec And Incan Empires Essay

1001 Words Jul 17th, 2015 5 Pages
An advanced society would be defined as a society that is highly developed or ahead of the times. Societies such as this would possess things such as; irrigated agriculture, long distance trade, writing system, and urbanization. Both the Aztec and Incan Empires reflected characteristics of an advanced society. The development of the Western Hemisphere resembled that of other civilizations. However, they were not as technologically advanced as others, although, they did build roads for long distance trade, they never invented the wheel to capitalize on their trading. According to some sociologist “the Americas were not blessed by nature.” Sociologist Jared Diamond points out that the Americas did not have many large animals that could be domesticated for food and transport; therefore, agriculture became a very important part of their lives. Prior to the Europeans arrival both the Aztec’s and Incan’s were large empires practicing polytheism and had many rituals that were performed by priests. Worshipping several gods and deities was common for both; however, the sun god was very important to both civilizations. Both civilizations were great warriors. While the Aztec’s had one big empire; the Inca had their empire split into four sections each with its own governor from the royal family. The Aztec’s ruled by a monarch and didn’t have the best control over their conquered peoples. The Aztecs used their conquered peoples as slaves; however, the slave’s children were free…

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