This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on Civilizations of the Americas - The Incas & Machu Picchu. The presentations together number 31 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
The Inca first appeared in the Andes region during the 12th century AD and gradually built a massive kingdom through the military strength of their emperors. Known as Tawantinsuyu, the Inca state spanned the distance of northern Ecuador to central Chile and consisted of 12 million inhabitants from more than 100 different ethnic groups at its peak.
They developed a well-devised agricultural and roadway systems, along with a centralized religion and language. The Inca were quickly overwhelmed by the diseases and superior weaponry of Spanish invaders, ending their once powerful in 1572.
As the only written accounts of the Inca were composed by outsiders, its mythology and culture passed to successive generations by trained storytellers. Traces of its existence were mainly found in the ruins of cities and temples, but in 1911 archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the intact 15th century mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled, Civilizations of the Americas – Mesoamerica - The Incas and contains 16 slides and covers the following:
Map of the Inca Civilization
Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui
Religion & The Sacred
The Spanish Arrive
End of Presentation
Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned city’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region. The site stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels.
Historians believe Machu Picchu was built at the height of the Inca Empire, which dominated western South America in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was abandoned an estimated 100 years after its construction, probably around the time the Spanish began their conquest of the mighty pre-Columbian civilization in the 1530s. There is no evidence that the conquistadors ever attacked or even reached the mountaintop citadel, however; for this reason, some have suggested that the residents’ desertion occurred because of a smallpox epidemic.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is Peru’s most visited attraction and South America’s most famous ruins, welcoming thousands of people a year. Increased tourism, the development of nearby towns and environmental degradation continue to take their toll on the site, which is also home to several endangered species.
The Peruvian government has taken steps to protect the ruins and prevent erosion of the mountainside in recent years.
Power point presentation #2 is entitled, the New Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu and contains 15 slides and covers the following:
Theories of Existence
“The Lost City of the Incas”
The Site’s Geography
Machu Picchu Today
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Civilizations of the Americas.