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Montesinos, the historian of Peru, makes Cuzco Valley the place first settled, but as Ayucucho is nearer the sea, and the two points not far apart, we may suppose Cuzco Valley was settled by a part of the same people who had begun the building of Ayucucho. Montesinos wrote about a hundred years after the conquest. He was a man of superior qualifications for his task, and spent fifteen years in studying and investigating. He lived among the natives, conversing with them in their own language, an...d learned from the old men things they had learned from the amantas, and from those who could read the quippus. The quippus was a system of colored and knotted cords, and was a complete substi- tute for writing. The amantas weie a perpetual order of picked and trained men, who, by aid of the quippus, and by special cultivation of their memories, were able to do what other people of the same or less degree of civilization do by the less intricate device of writing. There is no intimation that there ever was a time of barbarism in Peru, and it is therefore probable there never was; and probable that accurate knowledge of the earliest period was transmitted to the time of the old men with whom Montesinos associated.