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Its staff was extensive and included accountants, solicitors, mapmakers, and historians. The council resided at court, met in secret, and promulgated the king’s colonial policy. It submitted the list of nominees for important political positions for the king’s approval and prepared the voluminous laws and decrees governing the colonies. Additionally, the council served as a final appeals court, supervised all colonial officials, and maintained detailed records and reports of their activities. The Spanish Crown governed the distant New World colonies through an elaborate bureaucracy composed at its apex of viceroyalties and audiencias (royal courts).

Bolivian historians attribute the disintegration and speedy subjugation of the Aymara kingdoms to internecine feuding and bloody civil wars. In 1470, this fierce love of warfare and independence erupted into a major revolt against their new Inca rulers. The Empire of the Inca The empire of the Inca, founded near the sacred city of Cuzco in modernday Peru at the beginning of the 13th century, ultimately dominated the entire Andean and coastal regions. At its head stood Sapa-Inca (“supreme Inca”), the hereditary emperor who claimed descent from the sun god Inti.

1460, the aggressive and imperialistic Inca swept down from the north and rapidly conquered the decentralized kingdoms of the Aymara people. The defeated remnants of the dispersed Aymara communities on the Bolivian altiplano were subsumed into the southern region of the Inca Empire. Bolivian historians attribute the disintegration and speedy subjugation of the Aymara kingdoms to internecine feuding and bloody civil wars. In 1470, this fierce love of warfare and independence erupted into a major revolt against their new Inca rulers.

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