The Mapuche were the original inhabitants of central and southern Chile.
Who lived in Chile before the Spanish arrived?
When the first Spanish arrived in what is now Chile, indigenous Quechua tribes inhabited the northern region and Araucanian tribes inhabited the central region and the northern part of the southern region. The Incas were in control of the northern area and part of central Chile.
What race were the Incas?
The Inca Civilization
The Incas were a civilization in South America formed by ethnic Quechua people also known as Amerindians.
What is Mapuche in Chile?
Mapuche are the largest indigenous groups in Chile, comprising about 84 per cent of the total indigenous population or about 1.3 million people. In some provinces in the eighth and ninth regions, a high proportion of the rural population is Mapuche. … Historically, Mapuche people have dedicated themselves to agriculture.