Tourism Plan Would Recreate 15th Century Spanish Culture in Panama
Saturday, March 20 2010 @ 05:44 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The target area includes towns in the Panamanian provinces of Los Santos, Herrera, Cocle and Veraguas. The latter founded the first Catholic church in America, Natá de los Caballeros. "The first time there was gold in the Castilla de Oro, this gold was taken by the Spanish. Spain took 21 tons of gold from the Castillo de Oro and used it to finance the greatest empire the world has ever known," said Montańés. Now "it is guaranteed the Spanish are not going to take the gold, and what there is in this project itself is an invitation for the Spanish to come and spend their money," he said. "Columbus sought the friendly approach to the inhabitants of those lands and the chronicles tell us about hawks of gold and other ornaments they exchanged for Castilian goods," said the descendant of the navigator on the activities of his ancestor along the Panamanian coast.
He said at the mouth of the Belén river, on the Panamanian coast, the navigator learned of the existence of gold mines, which is why he had the "intent of founding the first Spanish population of the Americas," but "the hostile position of chief Quibian" stopped him. Legend has it that the Spanish traded glass beads for gold with the natives, but Colon rejected on Friday that it was "only gold that motivated" the Admiral. Christopher Columbus arrived in Panama on his fourth voyage (1502-1504) sailing from the coast of Honduras in search of a strait that would allow him to reach the Spice Islands, of which Marco Polo spoke in his description of Asia. (Source - Telemetro)