Paria, Bolivia was an important administrative center of the Inca Empire in the late 15th and 16th centuries CE and was the first Spanish settlement in Bolivia, founded in 1535. The ruins of "Old Paria" (Paria la Viexa or Paria la Vieja) are located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of the present day hamlet of Paria, which had a population of 106 people in 2012. Paria is 27 kilometres (17 mi) northeast of the city of Oruro. It is situated in a cultivated valley at an altitude of 3,767 metres (12,359 ft).[1]17°49′22″S 67°01′11″W / 17.82278°S 67.01972°W / -17.82278; -67.01972

Paria is located in Cercado Province and Oruro Department of Bolivia.

Incas edit

The Inca Empire and road system with the location of Paria in present-day Bolivia.

Paria existed as a settlement of the Uru people long before the Inca Empire. The Inca emperor Topa Inca Yupanqui (ruled 1471-1493) conquered the Paria region while expanding the Inca Empire south from Cuzco. He selected Paria as capital of Charcas province, a much larger area than what is today called Charcas. The maize crop from Cochabamba to the east passed through Paria en route to Cuzco or was stored in Paria. Later in the 1520s, soldiers to serve in the Inca military campaigns in the northern Andes gathered in Paria before their journey north.[2] Paria was located on the royal road (Camino Real) of the Inca which stretched from Quito in the North to the Maule River in present-day Chile.[3]

Paria under the Incas, in the words of a Catholic priest, was "an administrative and military center, a miniature Cuzco with numerous settlements under its jurisdiction, from where the Inca emperor exercised his sovereignty over Qullasuyu [one of the four main parts of the Inca Empire]. It has temples for Inti, the cult of the Sun of the Incas, convents for ñustas (princesses), civil and military buildings, storage silos (qullqas) and lodging places [tambos]."[4]

Spanish edit

In 1535, the conquistador Diego de Almagro set forth from Cuzco with the goal of conquering land and finding riches in the territory south of Cuzco in what is today Bolivia and Chile. An advance party led by Juan de Saavedra and including Vila Oma, an Inca religious leader, Paullu Inca, the brother of Inca emperor, Manco Inca, Augustianian priests, 150 Spanish soldiers, and hundreds of native soldiers. Arriving at Paria on January 23, 1535, the Spanish destroyed many of the buildings and founded Paria La Nueva (New Paria). Almagro and the bulk of his army arrived in Paria later that year and proceeded southward to conquer additional lands. The Augustinian priests who accompanied Saavedrea founded a parish in Paria [5]

In 1565, the Corregimiento (district) of Paria was created as part of Charcas Province. Paria district existed until 1782.[6] A (probably partial) census of Paria district in the 1570s counted 2,500 households equivalent to a population of approximately 12,500 people. All those counted were native Andeans although a few Roman Catholic priests were working in the province.[7]

The church in Paria has been declared a National Monument by the Bolivian government.[8]

Ruins edit

The location of Paria la Viexa has been disputed, but a 2010 article locates it 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of the present hamlet of Paria. There, scattered over a large area of 100 hectares (250 acres), are the ruins of large buildings, more than 1,000 qullqas for storing grain, and pottery dating mostly from the Inca period. The site is larger than any other known archaeological site in the area, thus strengthening the opinion that this is the site of Paria la Vieja.[9]

References edit

  1. ^ Google Earth; Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, "Resultados Censo de Poblacion y Vivienda" 2013, accessed June 9, 2016. "Noticias | CENSOS". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  2. ^ Faldon, Juan, Parssinen, Martti, Kesseli Risto, and Faldin, Juan (2010), "Paria, the Southern Inka Capital Rediscovered," Chungara: Revista de Antropologia Chilena, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 236. Downloaded from JSTOR.
  3. ^ "About Paria,", accessed 9 June 2016
  4. ^ "Hace 476 años el Capitán Juan de Saavedra fundó Paria la Nueva", La Patria, accessed 9 June 2016
  5. ^ Faldon, et al; "About Paria." Faldon, et al gives July 15, 1535 as the date for the foundation of Paria.
  6. ^ Luque Talavan, Miguel (1999), "La Intendencia de Puno: de circunscripcion colonial a departamento de la Republica del Peru (1784-1824)" Revista Complutense de Historia de America, Madrid, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2016-07-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Mumford, Jeremy Ravi (2012), Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes, Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 193-195
  8. ^ "No prospera refaccion en la iglesia de Paria" (2003), La Patria,, accessed 10 June 20116
  9. ^ Faldon, et al, pp 235, 243