Agriculture and Inequality in the Colonial Andes: A Simulation of Production and Consumption Using Administrative Documents

  title={Agriculture and Inequality in the Colonial Andes: A Simulation of Production and Consumption Using Administrative Documents},
  author={Steven A. Wernke and Thomas M. Whitmore},
  journal={Human Ecology},
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, indigenous communities in the Viceroyalty of Peru suffered forced resettlement, introduced disease, and onerous colonial tribute levies. These produced an onslaught of petitions for new tribute counts, as their diminished populations were obliged to pay the head taxes set by earlier censuses. The resulting visitas (administrative surveys) provide a wealth of information on the demography and agricultural systems of colonial Andean communities… 
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