Government in the Inca Empire, the Sapa Inca Illustration

Inca Empire for Kids
The Sapa Inca
& His Government


The Sapa Inca owned everything. He ruled everything. He made all the laws. He was all powerful. Many Sapa Incas came to power over time. Each was the head of government.

Each Sapa Inca put his relatives, along with the nobles, in positions of power, to help him rule the Inca empire. Each Sapa Inca had four top advisors, who make sure the relatives and nobles did the work they were assigned to do.

Each time a new tribe was conquered, a governor was put in charge of the new area. As the population grew, so did the number of government officials, including the number of tax collectors.

When a new law was put in place by the Sapa Inca, word went down the line from the top officials until it reached the bottom officials, and from there to the common people. Since the common people had no say in government, that was the law until a new law came down.

This system worked well, and the Inca population grew to about 12 million people.

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