Conquest from Outside

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI:
Conquest from Outside

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This chapter examines the history of the Inca occupation of the Titicaca Basin. It explains that the Inca political economy was based largely on the manipulation and transformation of traditional political and economic mechanisms in Andean society. It suggests that the first incursion into the Titicaca region was initiated by the early emperor known as Viracocha Inca, most likely in the middle of the fifteenth century. It also discusses the mytho-heroic histories which suggest that the actual incorporation of the region was accomplished by the son of Viracocha Inca, Pachacuti.

Keywords: Titicaca Basin; Inca occupation; political economy; Viracocha Inca; Pachacuti

Chapter.  21448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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