Reflections on the Chan Chan Ruins of Northern Peru

Reflections on the Chan Chan Ruins of Northern Peru

The Chan Chan ruins in Trujillo, Peru are worth a visit. They’re quite extensive and they highlight a little-known culture in Pre-Colombian America: the Chimu people of Northern Peru. To see the ruins, you’ll need to take a bus to the city of Trujillo (an eight hour ride from Lima). When you get there, you’ll find a host of tour companies. You won’t be able to miss the touts. From there, it’s another hour to the ruins.

The ruins of Chan Chan…impressive and worth a visit.

I visited Chan Chan about five years ago. It was very interesting, and I liked it as much as Machu Picchu. The ruins are well preserved and the grounds are nicely maintained. The area gets less traffic than Cuzco, which gives it a laid-back feel. It’s highly recommended.

Historical Overview: A Lesson in Pre-Colombian Warfare

The Chan Chan rose to power because of their agricultural skills; they built extensive irrigation canals. Then, like all the advanced tribes of Pre-Colombian America, they subjugated the neighboring peoples:

“…their successful military campaigns and policy of extracting tribute ensured that they became the dominant regional power.”

The Chimu party eventually came to an end. They were conquered by the Inca, who subjugated them in turn (around 1470 AD).

“…the Incas who, led by Tupac Yupanqui, captured the 11th known Chimú ruler Minchançaman in c. 1470 CE. Thereafter, the Chimú became a vassal state in the Inca Empire, and their king was kept permanent prisoner at Cuzco to ensure compliance to the new order.”

A review of Pre-Colombian America is revealing:

  • Many of the tribes were skilled in agriculture and architecture
  • The tribes were violent, waging warfare against one another; they often resorted to slavery, kidnapping and torture.
The Inca conquered the Chimu in war – something you won’t read  about in History class.

Memo to the left-wing thinkers: the “Indians” were not a unified group, holding hands in a peaceful brotherhood. They were just like the colonizing Europeans you despise – civilizations that were capable of good and evil. So your liberal fantasy about the Pre-Colombian Americas is laughable at best. If you have intellectual integrity, you’ll be honest with the facts. You’ll stop lying about the past.

History does not lie; unfortunately, liberal history teachers do.


Peru has so many ruins; you can spend months trying to see them all. If you’re heading to Peru, I recommend that you add another week to your trip and head north. You’ll find ruins that are intriguing and worth a visit.

For more on Chan Chan, visit the following link: Chan Chan Ruins of Peru

Adam Smith on the Economic Difference Between Europe and Pre-Colombian America

Adam Smith on the Economic Difference Between Europe and Pre-Colombian America

Adam Smith explains why Europe was economically stronger than the Pre-Colombian peoples of America.

All the ancient arts of Mexico and Peru have never furnished one single manufacture to Europe (p. 162).

Good point. Pre-Colombian America had a wealth of architectural achievements: Machu Pichu, Tikal, etc. Yet when it came to trade, they manufactured nothing. Their wealth came from the land, via gold and tropical fruits. And they were able to expand their empires via war. Yet they never created a notable product that was bought and sold in foreign markets.

Today, we can see the wealth of nations in a similar way. What nations are manufacturing items? America, Japan, Germany…these are the wealthy countries. Conversely, most of the poor nations—like Haiti or Bolivia—manufacture nothing. Have you ever seen a Haitian or Bolivian car for sale? What about a refrigerator?  Or a stereo? You get my point.

Manufacturing requires great skill. It indicates a society that, at its base, is highly developed:

  • Intellectual skill: the ability to create a new item: car, refrigerator, etc.
  • Organizational skill: the ability to create many of the items in question via factories
  • Distribution skill: the ability to disseminate the item throughout the culture and world

Manufacture is more than a word – it shows the greatness of a people. It highlights a nation that’s dreaming bigger, that’s pushing farther. It requires the genius of the inventor and the integrity of a people. And make no mistake about it…the eyes of the world are centered on the nations that manufacture goods.

For a link to the book, see the following:  Wealth of Nations PDF

Photos of Dallas: Then and Now

Photos of Dallas: Then and Now

Here’s a photo of Dallas on the day JFK was shot dead (November 22nd, 1963):


We see five young women in the front. They’re all skinny, dressed formally, and have a pleasant demeanor.

Fast forward 54 years…and here’s a photo of in Dallas in 2017:


Sad! Texas was a great land. From its noble loins came the representatives of genius: Dwight Eisenhower, Robert Dennard, Jerry Jones, etc. The seeds of American greatness could be found in the lands of the lone state. And now, by 2030, 6 out of every 10 Texans will be overweight. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Never forget…the honorable person can be defiled. The virtuous can be soiled. The man of greatness, sucked into the vortex of evil. Always stay vigilant, my friends. Always keep your eyes peeled, looking for the potholes of disaster. Always sat awake…aware…battling the forces of darkness.