Inca armies ranged in size anywhere from 20,000 men to 250,000 men. At the heart of the army were simple warriors armed with spears, spectacular maces, and slings. Their armor consisted of shields, jackets and a helmet. All males were required to have military training unless physically inept. Nobles who were part of the army often had bronze halberd-like axes as well, though this weapon was not commonly seen. The commander/emperor, known as the Sapa Inca, along with other nobles were carried into battle on litters protected by Aucakpussak or veteran troops. From the litter the sling was the favored weapon and also gave commanders a good view of the battle. Holy items known as huaca were also carried into battle on litters.
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Feb 11, 2002; Byline: Carol Evans IT was 1527 and the Emperor of the mighty Incan empire has died, leaving in his wake a fraternal feud as he...