Peruvian Identity: Inca Roots
The country of all countries. Peruvian identity formed when the indigenous Andean origins—the Inca vision of the Cuatro Suyos—clashed with the conquering spirit of the Spaniards. While the original outcome was submission to Western culture, the inevitable fusion of these civilizations forged a complex new identity of Peru that's full of contradictions as a result of differing life principles and values full of contradictions as a result of differing life principles and values.
Circumstances added other elements to this fusion which made it even more complex. Eastern spirit and values; the joy and hardworking nature of Africa,and the Italian, French, Japanese and German ways of life and customs. Peruvian identity is rich, diverse and has both Andean roots and a strong international influence.
We know that the first settlers arrived in Peru 20,000 years ago. It is thought that they arrived from the north via the Panama isthmus in search of new lands. They were hunter-gatherers, as shown by the cave art at Toquepala (Tacna, 7600 BC).
The great cultural legacy of ancient Peru is expressed in the wide variety of native languages that exist in the country.
Peru is a democratic republic.