440-year-old parish survey by priest in Yucay Valley of Peru explains Inca decline under Spanish colonialism

1500-survey-lo-rez-400x300.jpgSMU anthropologist R. Alan Covey led analysis of a 440-year-old survey by a parish priest that reveals how native population declined in the Inca Empire following 16th century Spanish conquest.

The native Andean population in the Yucay Valley of Peru was able to bounce back in the short term from disease, warfare, and famine, but was ultimately reduced by repeated disasters and colonialism.