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date: 16 October 2019

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This chapter describes Inca political and economic organization and the infrastructure established to support imperial administration. Inca conceptualizations of politics and economics differed from those of the West, and the organization of power in the imperial capital relied heavily on the ruler’s person. Provincial areas were conceived as four distinct regions bound to the ruler by a hierarchy of Inca governors, record-keepers, and local officials. Inca rule modified local labor practices to increase economic production, using resettlement and special labor statuses to ensure the production of specific products across their diverse empire. Royal estates sustained royal households in the Cuzco region, and in the provinces, a road network connected administrative centers and storage facilities to the capital.

Keywords: Inca, Cuzco, political organization, economy, infrastructure, resettlement

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