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date: 25 January 2021

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In this chapter, the authors argue that the rapid, extensive, and efficient expansion of the Inca into northern Chile was not the consequence of random decisions. On the contrary, the cases studies presented show strategic geopolitical decision-making aimed to reduce conflict for resources and land between local leaders and foreign polities. These indigenous leaders and foreign imperial representatives became active agents in the promotion and implementation of the state programs. The case studies explored comprise Zapahuira, Tarapacá Viejo, and Catarpe. By transforming the economic, political, and ideological systems, the authors also argue that the Inca integrated northern Chile into a broader socioeconomic network through the Capac Ñan.

Keywords: Chile, Inca, geopolitics, Zapahuira, Tarapacá Viejo, Catarpe

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