The Inca empire had no unit of currency, as labor was the standard commodity to be traded. The Inca did however appreciate the aesthetic appeal of metals and believed that gold was the sweat of the sun and silver the tears of the moon. In 1532, the Inca’s and Francisco Pizarro crossed paths as Pizzaro was inspired by the legend of El Dorado, the realm of the gold covered king. Pizarro and his conquistadors arrived from Spain to what they referred to as “Upper Peru”. After defeating the Inca mili...
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