Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531

Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531

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By (author) H. W. Kaufmann

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 244mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841769398
  • ISBN 13: 9781841769394
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 574,959

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In 1525, the Incan empire was at its zenith, and it dominated much of the Andean area extending from Ecuador to Northern Chile. The layout of the majority of Peruvian towns and settlements, including the capital Cuzco, evolved form the ubiquitous fortified family compound called the cancha. These fortifications contributed to an important feature of Incan infrastructure: an extensive system of roads that allowed the quick transfer of information, merchandise, and armed forces from one point of the empire to the other. This book explores the development and practice of Incan fortifications and examines how they came to be overrun by Pizarro's conquistadores.

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Author information

H.W. Kaufmann has an MA in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she also studied archaeology. She has a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, in medieval Spanish and is fluent in six languages. She is a professor at San Antonio College and teaches languages. J.E.Kaufmann has an MA in History from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He is a retired public school teacher and teaches history part time at Palo Alto Junior College.