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Professor Elizabeth Graham

Question for February 2014

Did the Aztecs ever meet the Incas? Asked by Smannell & Enham CE Primary School. Chosen and answered by Professor Elizabeth Graham.

Tenochtitlan (Mexico) and Machu Picchu (Peru)
Tenochtitlan (Mexico) and Machu Picchu (Peru) (Click on image to enlarge)

Not that we know of!

(Professor Cecelia Klein, also on our Panel of Experts, adds: There is no evidence, either documentary or archaeological, that the Aztecs ever met the Inkas.)

Our In-House Team add: this must be the shortest answer we’ve put on our website to date! Though the Aztecs in Mexico and the Incas in Peru built empires at much the same time, it seems they never knew of each other’s existence. Now just imagine if they had...!

Images: Painting by Miguel Covarrubias (detail) (L), photo from Wikipedia (R).

Aztec and Inca empires compared: mrgrayhistory website

Professor Elizabeth Graham has answered 8 questions altogether:

What if an Aztec warrior died or was killed in battle (rather than being taken/taking captive)?

Did the Aztecs force you to be who you are?

Did people get paid for cleaning the city?

Did the Aztecs ever meet the Incas?

Why did the gods destroy the four [previous] worlds if they made them in the first place?

When women went to the market with babies on their backs, did other women ever try to steal them?

What’s the most interesting fact you’ve come across about the Aztecs? (2)

What percentage of Aztec society were slaves?

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