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June 12, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
We're more than halfway to the finish line on our daily publication of facts marking 100 years since the rediscovery of Machu Picchu. Hiram Bingham , a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins on July 24, 1911. Here, then, as we lead up to the century mark, are 100-plus facts about Machu Picchu, its country, its history and its players. We've been posting one each of the 100 days leading to the anniversary. Read from the bottom up. 59. Spain was, arguably, the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world at one time.
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