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What does Achacachi mean?

Jach’a k’achi. Big point. Achacachi means “Big point”, this name derives of the aymará language: “jach'a”, ‘big’ and “k'achi”, ‘point’.

Jachac jachi. Weeping people. There is another version about the origin of the word Achacachi. After the failed conquest invasion against the umasuyus, the Inca decided to make a pact. And to seal the pact the Inca gave in marriage a ñusta (virgin maiden that served in the temple of the Sun Island to the god Inti) to Zapana , the umasuyus’ leader.

So much would miss the ñusta for that she didn't stop of crying, so that, the place where they lived was called 'place where jachac jachi', that is to say place where the ‘whiners’ inhabit, since “jachac jachi” in aymará mean-literally- the whiner.

Other names of Achacachi After de Spanish conquest, Achacachi was known as “Villa Lealtad de Caceres”, due to first landlord.

DISTRIBUTION

COMMENDS TO

NUMBER OF TRIBUTARY   INDIANS

TOWN

LAXA

Joan despinoza

702

Ntra. Sra. Concepción

PUCARANI

Hernando Cherinos

1.227

Pucarani

GUARINA

YAYA

Cosme de Gusman

197

Villa de Mérida

COPACAVANA

Maria de Salazar

1.041

Copacavana

ACHACACHE

QUINAQUITARA

Diego de Cárate

1.713

Villa de Cáceres

CARABUCO

Marina Munarres

720

Carabuco

GUANGUASCO

ANCORAIMES

Marina Munarres

150

Villa de Lanzas

CHUQUIABO

Joan Remon

436

San Pedro y San Pablo

GUAYCHO

Joan Ramírez

575

Guaycho

TOTAL

 

5.752

 

Source Relationship Of The Occupations That Are Provided In The Kingdom Of The Peru, Of People That Confer Them And Of The Wages Assigned To Them. Years 1578 at 1583" 

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