South America 979 CE

The Chimu empire has appeared on the Pacific coast.

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What is happening in South America in 979CE

The Andes region

In the Andes region, the Wari and Tiwanaku empires continue to flourish, but a third power, located on the northern Pacific coast, is growing. This is the kingdom of Chimor (otherwise known as the ‘Chimu empire’), centered on the impressive city of Chan-Chan.

The Amazonian region

In the Amazonian region, full-blown chiefdoms – quite possibly even well-organized kingdoms, now cover much of the region. There is a fairly dense pattern of settlements throughout the region, with sites separated by only a few kilometers. At least one of these settlements, Santarem, seems to have been a very large town covering several square miles, as large as such Pre-Columbian cities as Chan-Chan, Teotihuacan and Cahokia.

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