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Cuenca Ecuador: Outsiders look at violence in the 18th Century of this charming city

eltelegrafo.com.ec/(machine translated) Cuenca’s fame would transcend the Old Continent Ángeles Martínez, Open Chair of History. U. Cuenca Is Cuenca historically violent? It is clear that there are regrettable events that have given international fame to the city and that have had significance. It is interesting to reflect on an unflattering external look about our beautiful city, located in the eighteenth century, in the Colony, without losing sight of the superb Eurocentric criterion, in times of enlightened thinking, which made mistakes in its excess of rationality and Looks at what was considered exotic, and even ‘wild’. The documents of travelers and authorities of the time create a profile that indicates the violent and quarrelsome attitude of our people. Let us begin with the description of the society of the time, made by the Corregidor and Major Justice, Don Joaquín de Merisalde and Santisteban, in his report made “by mandate of the EXCMO. Mr. Viceroy of the New Kingdom of Granada “. In 1765 he writes: “They generally boast of brave men, and in order to maintain this credit, they often comment on frequent, treacherous, murder. No one deserves the reputation and epithet of strong, but is due to his fortune some bloody progress, and becomes a vanity of a crime that affects the natural remorse as a barbarian. Be prepared for this of betrayal and tumult, and at the expense of the crowd they want courage to be created what is cowardice. Neither children respect their parents, nor fathers educate their children well. Not well filled with the use of reason, when they already fill the tape with the knife and punish them as guilt shyness and shrinkage. So common is this barbarity, which has already become fashionable for women, and with no other gala they judge to adore their delicate figure better, than with this scandal and scandal of their sex. (…) unhappy young men of a sinister nature, are at the age of fifteen famous gallants and daring swordsmen. ” Cuenca is marked as a kind of Far West Andean, where anything can happen and is celebrated the murder and use of weapons in civil society. It is necessary to recognize, however, that behind the expressions of Merisalde personal resentments are hidden against a society that refused to welcome him, this does not mean that his opinion is subjective, but must be qualified. A few years earlier, in 1735 the Royal Audiencia of Quito received the French Geodesic Mission, its passage through Cuenca would be recorded forever, not only by the reports issued by Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa, not very favorable for the city, but for The lamentable death of the French surgeon Jean Seniergues at the hands of the populace infuriated apparently by its amancebamiento with the cuencana Manuela Quezada and the closeness of its old boyfriend, who had broken the commitment of marriage with the Cusinga to groups of power. Ulloa says in the Secret History of America: “The city of Cuenca is regulated from 25 to 30 thousand souls; Its jurisdiction is made up of 9 main towns (…) the caste of Mestizos abounds in all jurisdiction; They are proud people, very lazy, full of vices and badly inclined. ” Ulloa also speaks of the brutal punishments to which the Indians were subjected. La Condamine, on the other hand, would write in Journal (1751) and its Letter (1739) on the riot of Cuenca. It is understandable his pain and rage on the death of the surgeon Seniergues, 4 days after being attacked by the plebs, 28 of August of 1739, in the middle of a corrida of Bulls in San Sebastián; “Miserable people, the Indians of this region get drunk in an indecent way,” French would curse. La Condamine itself followed the judicial process, which was clearly not carried out in a transparent manner. The fame of Cuenca transcended the Old Continent, that day to the cry of “down the French, to die the bad government and live the king,” the prestigious sages who made up this team, feared for their lives, before a crowd that even put them An ultimatum to leave the city, which was not finally fulfilled. Francisco José de Caldas, notable scientist, close to Mutis, collected the opinions of La Condamine (1849), and also noted: The Morlaco, born in the midst of the darkness of his homeland, believes himself to be the most important being in the universe and looks with contempt at those around him. Proud, they believe that everything exists to serve their whims as vain as fools. The slightest resistance to his desires, the slightest fault ignites the fire of discord. Its value is to ruin anyone who does not bend the knee in his presence, to have great riches, and to play the sword. (…) Within a few years the defiance, murder and blood stains of the unfortunate were the most precious Blazon of his glory. Friends of litigation, they rarely live in peace “(Caldas, 1849, 497, 498). When Bernardo Recio writes his Compendious Relation of Christianity (1947) collects his impressions in the trip he made to Cuenca in 1759 accompanying the Bishop of Quito, Joan Nieto Polo del Águila; As it is natural at that time mentions the death of Seniergues and presents his own judgment on what happened, pointing out “… it was very expensive the party, because they killed one of them … because not only bulls run, they are very brave, but they are out of order when they drink, and they still disguise themselves in masks and Bacchanals … “Recio testifies from another area the abandonment of the ecclesiastical guide and the consequent and deep desire for reform, but it indicates in precise form some of the present problems. Now what about imaginary in them? It is clear that we live a complicated moment in society, and that Cuenca is perhaps the worst fame reached as a chaotic and violent city of the time in the Kingdom of Quito, but we must distinguish a couple of transcendental elements. A violence that is not justified by any part Merisalde responds to power interests like Ulloa.

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In the case of La Condamine, it is clear that he was very ineffective in describing customs that were alien to him – although it can not be denied that the murder of his companion was a brutal act – but when he speaks of the Amazon, for example, no He is afraid to call the Indians of the region stupid by nature. Nor is it true that European society was on another level of evolution. It is interesting to read the history of the eighteenth century, especially conflictive for the life of other cities in the world. On the other hand, when dealing with violence, we find the idea handled by Hannah Arendt: violence is the absence of power, a fallible authority that is well documented in the corruption of the authorities. Tags: Basin violence SHORT LINK Estimated Reading: 11 min Contains: 2270 words Last modified: Friday, 27 June 2014 23:52 The latest from Ángeles Martínez, Open Chair of History. U. Cuenca The great festival of Lira, a brief history of the early 20th century Juan Chacón made the History of Corregimiento in love with the smell of paper The experience of attending a confirmation as a godmother, in the parish of Jadán An approach to the love letters of Manuelita and Bolivar generates doubts The foundation of a dreamed city … We recommend you: Good Friday called for multitudinous processions Cuenca celebrated its holidays with contracts and opening of roads Plaza San Francisco in Cuenca will be remodeled Students are the protagonists in the 460 years of Fundación de Cuenca Two dead bodies were found in Cuenca Cuenca transforms its streets into leisure spaces. Read Article

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Ecuador: The infamous train from Guayaquil to Salinas now only a memory

eluniverso.com/(machine translated) Back in 1940, on the streets of Lizardo García y Vélez, near the Vicente Rocafuerte school, the first railroad station operated, the tracks of which linked Guayaquil with Salinas and the whistles like that of locomotive No. 8, woke residents of that neighborhood. When the wooden bridge on the Salado estuary deteriorated, which […]

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Castles in Quito Ecuador at risk of vanishing

miamiherald.com/ Jim Wyss reported for more than 80 years, this Andean capital has been guarded by a strange array of kitschy castles — brimming with turrets and towers, spires and faux drawbridges, Moorish cupolas and sweeping staircases. In a city internationally renowned for its colonial architecture (its historic center has been a United Nations World […]

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So you thought there is no malaria in the highlands of Ecuador, could it come back?

Malaria in Highlands of Ecuador since 1900 – Published April 2012 Historical Review Lauren L. PinaultComments to Author and Fiona F. Hunter Author affiliations: Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada cdc.gov Abstract A recent epidemic of malaria in the highlands of Bolivia and establishment of multiple Anopheles species mosquitoes in the highlands of Ecuador highlights […]

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Ten Foods You Should Try In Ecuador

These are our 10 favorite famous foods of Ecuador not to miss. NOMADIC BOYS.COM 1. LLAPINGACHOS: fried stuffed potato patties Llapingachos are one of Ecuador’s most famous dishes. They are fried potato omelettes stuffed with cheese, cooked on a hot griddle until crispy and commonly served with a fried egg, avocado, meat and peanut sauce. […]

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Ecuador: Waorani people use chambira for artesan products

lahora.com.ec reported the chambira palm is a tree native to the Amazon in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It has many uses. The fruit serves as food. The fiber from the leaflets is used to make a number of items such as fishing nets, hammocks, bracelets, shigra bags, and earrings. The use of the leaves has […]

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Ecuador: Día de Reyes January 6, 2017 celebrated with roscas

BAKERIES BUSY PREPARING FOR THREE KINGS DAY IN GUAYAQUIL eluniverso.com reported the celebration of Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) takes place on January 6. Tradition states the Magi visited and brought gifts to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Roscas are very popular for this celebration and is called Roscas de Reyes. The round or […]

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Ecuador’s April’s Fool Day equivalent is not on April 1st

lahora.com.ec reported every December 28 there is no lack of practical jokes or hoaxes’ between friends, so stay very attentive and do not fall for them. The 28 of December is a day marked by the Christmas dates and to be near the end of year. He always identifies it with jokes and being a […]

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Calderón, Ecuador: Guaguas de pan and Colada Morada, deep cultural roots

npr.org reported In Ecuador today, All Saints Day (Día de Todos los Santos) is celebrated on Nov. 1, and is a smaller holiday focusing on children who have passed away. All Hallows Eve, on Oct. 31, is not observed religiously, although American-style Halloween celebrations have started to gain in popularity in recent years. Día de […]

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A piece of Ecuador Culture exported to Harlem New York, ECUAVOLEY

wsj.com/Paolo Uggetti reported Ecuador didn’t send a volleyball team to the Summer Olympics in Rio this year. Nor did it send a beach volleyball team. As a country, Ecuador ranks 117th and 137th, respectively, in the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball rankings of the sport. It isn’t really a volleyball playing nation. But this is ecuavoley, […]

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Little known involvement of the U.S. in Ecuador after border war with Peru

undallas.edu reported the documents she discovered, technical mission reports from the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA), shed light on the United States’ involvement in the rebuilding of El Oro, Ecuador, after a 1941 border war with Peru destroyed the province’s infrastructure…. Rankin, associate professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, […]

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Ecuador Trivia: Country’s Worst Aviation Accident just outside Cuenca

wikipedia.org / The 1983 TAME Boeing 737-200 crash was an aviation incident in which a Boeing 737-2V2 Advanced, operated by the Ecuadorian national airline TAME, which was flying on a domestic route from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito to Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca, crashed into a hill during final approach just one mile […]

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Ecuador: racial injustices wrought by neoliberal urban policies

Revanchist Urbanism Heads South: The Regulation of Indigenous Beggars and Street Vendors in Ecuador Kate Swanson Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; kate.swanson@ges.gla.ac.uk ——- Abstract: Much of the discussion surrounding neoliberal urbanism has been empirically grounded in the North. This paper shifts the discussion south to focus on the regulation […]

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Communist Propaganda In Ecuador in 1942, letter from J. Edgar Hoover

Communistic propaganda in Ecuador (May 18, 1942, pdf, 1MB) Forwards sample of Fourth International propaganda allegedly circulated in Ecuador by either by German or Spanish Legation. Source: Letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Adolf A. Berle, Jr., “Communistic propaganda in Ecuador,” Washington, D.C., May 18, 1942, Despatch no. CC-285, Record Group 59, 822.00B/61, NARA. Read, […]

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Fanesca in Ecuador, a soup like no other

Calvin Trillin/newyorker.com(2005) reported, When I decided last winter to regroup my forces, it occurred to me that Ecuador might be a good place to study Spanish this go-around. I had in mind Cuenca, around Holy Week. From what I’d gathered during a previous trip to Ecuador, Holy Week is the only time of year you […]

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Punctuality in Ecuador

Newyorker.com (2004) YJames Surowiecki..At high noon last October 1st, the citizens of Ecuador did something they’d never dreamed possible: they synchronized their watches. In doing so, they embarked on a Campaña Contra la Impuntualidad, a national crusade against lateness. A group called Participacíon Ciudadana had orchestrated the initiative in order to combat Ecuadorans’ notoriously cavalier […]

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Trivia: Ecuador location for first attempted hand transplant in the world in 1964

pubs.royle.com reported hand surgeons are often called upon to reattach severed parts. Fingers, thumbs, hands, and forearms have all been successfully replanted since the initial reports of arm replantation by Malt and McKhann in 1962 2,3 and thumb replantation by Kamatsu and Tamai in 1968.4 Hand transplantation was a natural extension of this technical procedure […]

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In search of colonial El Niño events and a brief history of meteorology in Ecuador

Advances in Geosciences, 6, 181– 187 , 2006 SRef-ID: 1680-7359/adgeo/2006-6-181 European Geosciences Union © 2006 Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Advances in Geosciences In search of colonial El Niño events and a brief history of meteorology in Ecuador A. Terneus and A. Gioda Abstract This study shows a brief overview […]

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Ecuador: Little Known Bontanist who identified a thousand species

SKETCH OF GUSTAV WALLIS. GUSTAV WALLIS, the indefatigable traveler and botanist, whose death at Cuenca, Ecuador, we recently announced, was born May 1, 1830, at Lüneburg, Prussia, where his father was an advocate and proctor of the superior court. He died at the early age of forty-eight years, of which the last eighteen were spent […]

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Tree in Ecuador walks 20 meters a year

A species of palm tree in a section of Ecuador, can travel about 20 meters a year! This palm tree species, Socratea exorrhiza, can grow new roots to ‘sidestep’ and walk about 20 meters a year, according to Karl Gruber from the BBC. Read Article GOING TO LIVE IN ECUADOR READ THIS BOOK

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Ecuador Statistics: More Women in Ecuador than Men

Quito, March 8 (Andes) .- There are more women than men in Ecuador, according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) by the International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8 every year. Until 2016, women 8’343.760 representing a 50.48% were recorded, while there 8’184.970 men, accounting for 49.52% of the […]

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Cenepa War, conflict between Ecuador/Peru 1995

Wikipedia – The Cenepa War (January 26 – February 28, 1995), also known as the Alto Cenepa War, was a brief and localized military conflict between Ecuador and Peru, fought over control of an area in Peruvian territory (i.e. in the eastern side of the Cordillera del Cóndor, Province of Condorcanqui, Región Amazonas, Republic of […]

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Ecuador: 14 ancestral languages spoken

eltiempo.com.ec reported in Ecuador fourteen native or ancestral languages ​​are spoken. In the coastal region, the Awa nationality Awapit; Chachi, Cha palaa; Epera, Siapede; Tsáchila, Tsa’fiquí. In the Amazon, the Cofan nationality, ingae; Secoya and Siona, the Paicoca; Huaorani, Huao Tedeo; Shiwiar, Shiwiar Chicham; Zápara, Zapara; Achuar, Achuar Chicham; Andoa, Andoa; Kichwa, Kichwa; Shuar Shuar […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Lagarteros, a tradition that refuses to die

Guayaquil Ecuador has a rich cultural heritage. During the ages some of the traditions have disappeared. However, one still exists that any visitor will find quaint but is not on the tourist route. In Ecuador serenades for you lover have existed for centuries. And Guayaquil has a long tradition of Lagarteros who perform serenades for […]

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Life in Ecuador, 1940′s (video)

This is a video of a broad spectrum of life in Ecuador during the 1940′s. GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF ECUADOR’S CULTURE – READ THIS BOOK‘

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How the Eskimo Pie Saved Ecuador’s Economy

howtogeek.com reported in the 1920s, two things that appear entirely unrelated on the surface intersected in a rather curious way. The economy of Ecuador was seriously depressed and in need of a massive infusion of capital. At the same time in America, the Eskimo Pie was invented; an ice cream treat covered in chocolate. The […]

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How Many Cuy (Guinea Pigs) are there in Ecuador?

How Many Cuy (Guinea Pigs) are there in Ecuador? agronegociosecuador.ning.com reported The guinea pig production in Ecuador is generally a rural activity located in the Ecuadorian highlands, where the traditional farming system predominates – familiar to produce meat for consumption, with low production levels. The estimated population is 15 million head of guinea pig, the […]

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Headless Gringa of the Galapagos Islands

latinamericanhistory.about.com / The bright and sunny Galapagos Islands, far out in the Pacific Ocean, seem like a strange place for a ghost! But according to the locals, the former American Air Force base is home to a wandering spirit who targets lonely men late at night. “The Headless Gringa” crushes her victims in their sleep […]

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Airline History Ecuador

Aviation history in Ecuador began in the 1920′s when the owner of El Telegrafo newspaper began flights in Guayaquil. Ecuador’s first commercial flight service was conducted by an association of the German Colombian Air Transport (SCADTA – Sociedad Colombo-Alemana de Transportes Aereos) in 1928. This group was later named Sociedad Ecuatoriana-Alemana de Transportes Aereos (SEADTA) […]

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Ecuador Trivia: The Day a UFO landed in Cotocollao Ecuador, six dead

MSN.com reported that when the green men from Mars landed in the central plaza of Cotocollao, Ecuador, a stunned nation listened as one of the country’s most famous radio personalities was vaporized by a death-ray, and firefighters and police rushed to the sleepy village to confront the invaders. “Once more a radio dramatization of H.G. […]

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Ecuador: Christmas holidays celebrated with turkey

worldpoultry.net reported turkey consumption in Ecuador is a seasonal thing, mainly Christmas. And the season has started with the increase in turkey production and a decrease in imports. According to the National Poultry Farmers Corporation (CONAVE), in 2012 the national turkey production reached 9,492 metric tonnes (mt), or 86% more than the 2006 level of […]

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Ecuador Trivia: The Lone Ranger and Tonto

Ecuador Trivia: The Lone Ranger and Tonto – Hey it is not Tonto you fool. The Lone Ranger and his sidekick “Tonto” was a very popular television show in the 1950′s and 60′s in Ecuador. However, the truth is that the Lone Ranger’s sidekicks name in the television show was dubbed in as “Toro” (bull). […]

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Ecuador Trivia: Number of vehicles per 1000 inhabitants

According to the World Bank, in the early 2000′s there were 65 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants in Ecuador. In 2011, the number has increased to 90 per 1,000. Did you know despite Ecuador being an oil producer, it has to import diesel fuel. 100 Points to Consider Before Moving or Retiring in Ecuador

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Social Issue Ecuador: vendors on public buses, opinion

Eluniverso.com It is a martyrdom which we must suffer urban transport users in Guayaquil. In recent years it has increased the sales mode buses; vendors give their speeches repetitive, tiring and transport become market bargains. How intimidating and doing sneaky sales scandal and fear cause passengers. Vendors deliver candy, cookies and other goodies in the […]

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Best Cheese in Ecuador from Cayambe

CAYAMBE. Cheese has been since ancient times one of the foods present in the tables. Cayambe has a long tradition in developing this product, as set forth in the Third National Cheese Fair On-Site Technical Institute Nelson Torres. EXHIBITORS. Among the speakers are small and medium producers of dairy products, as Edwin Monteros, who with […]

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Ecuador Facebook statistics

Currently, there are 4781300 Facebook users in the Ecuador, which makes it #35 in the ranking of all Facebook statistics by Country. Total Facebook Users: 4781300 Position in the list: 35. Penetration of population: 32.33% Penetration of online population 202.62% Read Article

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Ecuador, Malaba Indigenous Group

Ecuador Trivia: The Malaba were probably descendants of the Sierra and may have been from the Puruha tribe. They were present in the Esmeraldas Province in the 17th century. Fleeing the Spanish to the Rio Mataje River Valley. There is no information as to there existence. Is this a group that just disappeared? SPANISH SLANG […]

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