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Hillforts of the Ancient AndesColla Warfare, Society, and Landscape$
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Elizabeth N. Arkush

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035260

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035260.001.0001

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The Colla and Their Lands

The Colla and Their Lands

(p.21) 2 The Colla and Their Lands
Hillforts of the Ancient Andes

Elizabeth N. Arkush

University Press of Florida

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

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