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This chapter discusses the nature of fishing economies on the Peruvian coast and in the Titicaca Basin following conquest by the Inca Empire. The pre-Hispanic coast has been regularly described by ethnohistorical sources as a region composed of polities characterized by occupational specialization carried out by various distinct ethnic groups. Each group reportedly specialized in one particular job in one environmental zone, but was integrated into an overall sociopolitical and economic system that allowed for all members of society to have access to any goods they might need. The discussion in this chapter includes the ethnohistorical and archaeological evidence for the presence and organization of fishing economies in order to examine the way the Inca Empire incorporated, administered, and extracted tribute from these groups.
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