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Peru
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1.1. Peru is the heartland of one of the most important of the older American cultures, that of the Inca Empire, which stretched from modern Ecuador to Chile. The Inca language, Quechua, is still spoken by more than one-third of the people of Peru. The gruesome conquest, which began in 1532 under Francisco Pizarro (ca. 1475–1541), lasted until 1572, when the last Inca place of residence, Vilcambamba, was seized by the Spaniards a…

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Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Peru”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.74>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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