Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia 750 CE

The Tiwanaku and Wari empires now dominate Peru.

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What is happening in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia in 750CE

The Moche and Nazca cultures of the coast have vanished. Instead, two highland empires now dominate much of the central and southern Andes and parts of coast. These empires – the Tiwanaku and Wari – share a similar art style, traceable back to Chavin culture, and perhaps therefore a common religion. Tiwanaku, centred on a populous city on the bleak highland plains of Lake Titicaca, seems to have been a focus for religious pilgrimage from peoples throughout the Andes. Wari, on the other hand, seems to have been a more militaristic society.

Both empires administered their outlying territories from provincial centres, from which vast public works were organized, and carried out as labour tax by the local inhabitants. These cultures laid down many of the administrative features which would later be used and developed by the vast Inca empire.

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