Monday, 22 July 2013

Pre-Columbian Gold in Ecuador

Pre-Columbian Ecuador included indigenous cultures that developed for thousands of years before the ascent of the Incan Empire.
There are major archaeological sites in the coastal provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas and in the middle Andean highland provinces of Tungurahua and Chimborazo. The archaeological evidence has established that Ecuador was inhabited for at least 4,500 years before the rise of the Inca.
The invasion of the Inca in the 15th century was bloody. Once over, the Incas developed an extensive administration and began the colonization of the region.