By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Jerry Davila
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On these roads Inca officials, tax collectors, and accountants traveled throughout the empire, using elaborate khipus to record financial and labor obligations, the output of fields, population levels, land transfers, and other numerical records. Khipus may also have been used to record narrative history, but this is speculation, as knowledge of how to read them died out after the Spanish conquest. Only around 650 khipus are known to survive today, because colonial Spaniards destroyed them, believing khipus might contain religious messages that would encourage people to resist Spanish authority.
1500 C . E . Societies of the Americas in a Global Context How did ancient peoples of the Americas adapt to, and adapt, their environment? Ancient societies of the Americas shared many characteristics that were common to other premodern societies around the world that stretched from the Pacific Rim to the Mediterranean. But many elements were also unique to the ancient peoples of the Americas, and we must consider these on their own terms. Since societies of the Americas developed in isolation, their history offers a counterpoint to premodern histories of other parts of the world.
DES peoples turned their stark mountain landscape to their advantage by settling and farming in vertical archipelagos. Settlements were located at temperate altitudes, while farming and herding took place at higher and lower altitudes. 0 0 200 200 400 miles 400 kilometers M a u le . R 80°W Inca Empire, 1532 Inca road 70°W 2500 B . C . –1500 C . E . t The Incas Machu Picchu The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu rise spectacularly above the steep valley of the Urubamba River. The site was built around as a royal estate and abandoned after the Spanish conquest.
A History of World Societies Volume B: From 800 to 1815 by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Jerry Davila