Organized states

After the fall of tiahuanaco there was a period of

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Unformatted text preview: ovides the foundation of the local state- like structure. The people of the high Andes figured out how to cultivate potatoes. These are not seed processes, but one based on the eyes of the potato. The potato is important as it grows exceptionally well in high altitudes, as well as cool and damp conditions. At no point did any one coastal state rule the whole coast. In the middle valleys, there were alliances between the small groups. In the highlands, the potato farmers were domesticating the llama. The peoples of the highlands gave down to the lowlands and saw the greater power and wealth down below, based on the water that flows down from “us to them”. This means that all the upper dwellers require to conquer those below them, all they need are enough “men with spears” to take control of the water sources for the lowland people. THUS there is a shift of power from the coastal lands to the middle land that is highly militarized. There are no breakthroughs without vulnerabilities: E.g. irrigation, but the ensuing dependence. Around the year 1000, at a site near the Lake Titicaca called Tiahuanaco builds the first Pan- Andean state. Exerts power over the coast, middle, highlands far north and south. This rules for about a century, then falls. Tiahuanaco sets the precedent that power will come from the highlands extend over the middle and lowlands and extend as far North and South as possible. After the fall of Tiahuanaco, there...
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