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The Colla and Their Lands

Elizabeth N. Arkush

in Hillforts of the Ancient Andes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035260
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035260.003.0002
The Colla and Their Lands

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This chapter discusses existing historical and archaeological evidence for the Colla area and its implications about the degree to which the Colla were politically unified in the Late Intermediate period. Administrative divisions of the sixteenth century chopped the Colla area into a number of smaller sections, which corresponded in some cases with natural geographic boundaries and in others with economic differences in subsistence strategies and relationships with far-flung regions. According to the chronicles, these different sections of the Colla region had distinct histories of conquest and reconquest by the Incas. Documentary evidence from the early decades of Spanish colonial rule offers both clues and contradictions on the subject, while previous archaeological work in the Titicaca basin qualifies the longstanding narrative tradition that has grown into Qollari.

Keywords: Colla; Late Intermediate period; Incas; Spanish colonial rule; Titicaca basin; Qollari; sixteenth century

Chapter.  13108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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