A Brief History of Bolivia by Waltraud Q. Morales

By Waltraud Q. Morales

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Although at first glance, this dual system seems cumbersome and unnecessarily complex, it served an important function. As has been true throughout Bolivian history, during the period of the Aymara kingdoms, the largest number of people lived on the high altiplano plateau, which had only a limited amount of agricultural land. The people of the altiplano had to rely on crops grown in the distant fertile valleys and in farm districts closer to the Pacific coast. When the Aymara kingdoms colonized or conquered regions that could supply food and other necessities to the population of the altiplano, they also transplanted their dual system of political and socioeconomic organization.

For example, south of the Chavín area, the Nazca and Paracas peoples, skilled in weaving and pottery, lived in small coastal towns. In the highlands 150 miles east of Lima, far to the north of modern-day Bolivia, the Huari people built an urban empire of cities with elaborate 2 THE ANCIENT INDIAN PEOPLES paved plazas and large palaces in the Chavín architectural and decorative style. D. 300 to 800, the Huari held sway over an extensive area. These cultures were important in the prehistory of South America, and they doubtless had strong influences on the indigenous people who lived in the region that today is Bolivia, but the bestdefined and most important political center was on Lake Titicaca.

Additionally, the council served as a final appeals court, supervised all colonial officials, and maintained detailed records and reports of their activities. The Spanish Crown governed the distant New World colonies through an elaborate bureaucracy composed at its apex of viceroyalties and audiencias (royal courts).

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