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The Amazonas department was the cradle of the Kuelap or Chachapoyas culture, conquered in 1475 by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, who joined it to his territory.

After the fall of the Inca Empire came the Spanish. Captain Alonso de Alvarado founded in September the 5th, 1538 the town of Chachapoyas, which became the most important town of the region, marked by the colonial influence.