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Countries of The World: Peru by Anita Croy

Countries of The World: Peru

Part of the Countries of The World Series


Countries of The World: Peru by Anita Croy

Let the experts at National Geographic act as your guides to Peru, land so stunning beauty and endless contrast. Look and learn in wonder at the diversity of landscape within this surprising country: barren deserts, green oases, snow-capped peaks, high windswept plateaus, and deep valleys. Encounter the endless array of fauna and flora that thrives within these ecologically and climatically diverse regions: the animals and plant of the coastal regions, the offshore islands, the coastal plains and the sierra. Learn of the country's rich yet divisive history; how Peru was once the centre of a powerful and extensive empire ruled by the Inca. Peer over the shoulders of experts on Peruvian archaeological sites and examine the treasures that yield the secrets of the Inca, one of history's most advanced civilizations. Learn how the Spanish conquered Peru in the 16th century, coveting its rich resources of precious metals, and how centuries of colonization would later leave a powerful cultural stamp on this South American nation. Trace the course of Spanish rule, which ended in the early 19th century, and resulted in a divided society in which a wealthy elite of largely Spanish descent has long dominated Peru's larger population of Native American and mixed-race ethnicity. Meet the people of modern Peru and witness a fast-changing society, striving to adapt to the global trend towards large-scale urbanization, with city dwellers now making up 74 percent of a once mainly rural population.

About the Author

Anita Croy has written many books for children--mainly about geography and history--including National Geographic Investigates Ancient Pueblo: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of America's Past, Inca Gold, and several National Geographic Countries of the World titles. She holds a doctorate in Latin American studies from the University of London.

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Publication date

11th August 2009


Anita Croy

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National Geographic Kids


64 pages


People & places (Children's / Teenage)
Educational: Geography



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