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Why would people, like the Chavin people of South America, settle in a difficult...

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smartguy786 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 13, 2009 at 6:57 AM via web

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Why would people, like the Chavin people of South America, settle in a difficult environment?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 13, 2009 at 7:20 AM (Answer #1)

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In general, if a culture settles in an inhospitable environment (assuming it has other choices), it is because that environment offers something that is not available in other places where that culture might choose to settle.

In the case of the Chavin, it is believed that they settled in the high mountains by choice and not because they were forced to live there.  The most usual explanation for why they chose to settle there is that it was centrally located along trading routes.  People traveling from the coast to the eastern slopes of the Andes would have needed to go through the Chavin territory.  This would make their territory a good place to be, just as modern towns often grow up around highways and towns that are bypassed by highways shrink.


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gerbilcute | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM (Answer #2)

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I dk

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM (Answer #3)

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Generally, it is because the place offers benefits which their original place of origin did not have, and also because the benefits or the pros of the place outweigh the cons.

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