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Effect of the Spanish Conquest on coastal change in Northwestern Peru

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | 21 May 2014

DF Belknap and DH Sandweiss
Abstract
When Francisco Pizarro and his small band of Spanish conquistadores landed in northern Peru in A.D. 1532 to begin their conquest of the vast Inca Empire, they initiated profound changes in the culture, language, technology, economics, and demography of western South America. They also altered anthropogenically modulated processes of shoreline change that had functioned for millennia. Beginning with the extirpation of local cultures as a result of the Spanish Conquest, and continuing through today, the intersection of demography, economy, and El Niño-driven beach-ridge formation on the Chira beach-ridge plain of Northwestern Peru has changed the nature of coastal evolution in this region. A similar event may have occurred at about 2800 calibrated y B.P. in association with increased El Niño frequency.
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Cusco, History of Peru, Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, Lima, Ecuador, Spanish colonization of the Americas, Peru
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