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As a result of this collaboration, the missions grew and eventually formed a commercial trade network with the Aymara and Quechua peoples of the highlands. They traded textiles, cotton, honey, beeswax, and native artwork in exchange for raw silver from the mines and other goods. q 6/26/03 11:59 PM Page 55 The Spanish Conquest sacred by the Indians were suppressed. In fact, the Jesuits were so successful in instilling the new religion that little is known today about the indigenous cultures prior to their arrival.
These Aymara cultures dominated the central highlands of Bolivia from the end of the twelfth century until the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. The Aymara lifestyle was distinctly different from the previous Tiahuanaco culture. Remember that the Tiahuanaco concentrated their towns along the lakeshore in open communities and practiced a highly productive terraced agriculture. The Aymara instead created hilltop towns behind forts away from the lake and intensely developed llama, alpaca, and vicuña herding.
Amazingly, the quipu method is so efficient that some estate owners in Bolivia continued to use it for record keeping well into the twentieth century. By the time the Spanish conquered Bolivia in the sixteenth century, the Incan territory covered a major part of the western half of the South American continent. To be exact, their lands spread from north of the equator to central Chile over an area of 380,000 square miles (984,200 square kilometers) and a linear distance of 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers).