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Dynamics of Indigenous demographic fluctuations: Lessons from sixteenth-century Cusco, Peru

Covey, Alan R; Childs, Geoff; Kippen, Rebecca


Reconstruction of the local impacts of imperial expansion is often hindered by insufficiently detailed indigenous demographic data. In the case of Spanish expansion in the Americas, native population declines are widely observed, but underlying dynamics are still incompletely understood. This paper uses a 1569 survey of more than 800 nontributary indigenous households in the Yucay Valley (highland Peru) to investigate demographic changes occurring during the Spanish transformation of the Inka...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Anthropology
DOI: 10.1086/660010


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