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1. Introduction

Not only was the Inca state known as tawantinsuyu (“the four united parts”) the largest political entity in the pre-colonial Americas, it was also long admired in both “Old” and “New Worlds” for bringing together people of differing ethnic backgrounds and widely disparate ecosystems by means of a complex network of exchange mechanisms, thereby attaining a high level of prosperity. In 1532, when the…

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Kummels, Ingrid and Kulmar, Tarmo, “Incas”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021419>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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