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Beginning in the late 1770s, local community struggles against corregidors and the ca-ciques in league with them came to a head in the region of northern Potosí. The man who emerged to lead them was Tomás Katari, a commoner from the town of Macha. In 1778, Katari set out by foot on a remarkable journey of over a thousand miles to the new viceregal capital of Buenos Aires in order to obtain royal justice. The trip took several months, but he returned with orders from the viceroy for an investigation into the conduct of the local authorities and protection for...

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