Inca Wooden Beaker
This 17th-century Inca wooden beaker shows Peruvian Indians and a European together.
At first, the Spaniards tried to preserve the Indian social structure, using beat chieftains as Justices and tax collectors.
However, over the course of the 17th century, the native nobility intermarried and the Spaniards took Indian women as concubines, producing a mixed group known as mestizos.
The Indian culture declined and was supplanted by that of a white, or near-white society.
(p37 The Ages of Discovery, Editor: James Mitchell)
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