AFFECTIONATE LAND OF GRACE

Arte por Excelencias - - Venezuela -

A new vi­si­on tri­es to re­co­ver that disag­gre­ga­ted me­mory, can­ce­led, of the zo­ne known as South of the Lake, in the mu­ni­ci­pa­lity of Colón, lo­ca­ted only to 470 km of the ca­pi­tal of the sta­te; and an hour and 15 mi­nu­tes from the ca­pi­tal of the country.

The po­ten­ti­al con­di­ti­ons of this en­de­a­ring land are end­less to tra­vel through its vast ex­pan­ses, its ri­ver va­lleys, its pos­si­ble tou­rist des­ti­na­ti­ons, its pos­si­ble cul­tu­ral en­coun­ters, its in­ces­sant in­terac­ti­on with sur­roun­ding mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ti­es and An­de­an slo­pes.

The me­ri­to­ri­ous work of his­to­ri­ans and chro­ni­clers has re­co­ve­red our collec­ti­ve me­mory. The works of Alberto de Je­sus Gu­e­re­re, tho­se of Ber­nar­do Vi­llas­mil, as well as the do­cu­men­ted works of Ma­no­lo Sil­va, jour­na­list, chro­ni­cler, historian, and work of Do­min­go La­bar­ca Pri­e­to, teacher and cul­tu­ral pro­mo­ter, ha­ve allowed figh­ting against this ac­cu­mu­la­ted obli­vi­on.

The ori­gins go back to the Coim­bra farm, in the early 17th cen­tury, vast in ex­ten­si­ve crops, es­pe­ci­ally cof­fee, as Ber­nar­do Vi­llas­mil tells us. He makes re­fe­ren­ces to its ow­ners, Nic­ho­las Da Buyn and Xu­a­na de Oña, who­se daugh­ter was bap­ti­zed with the na­me of Xu­lia. He al­so spe­aks of his ef­forts in the se­arch for new rou­tes for the trans­por­ta­ti­on of grain and ot­her pro­ducts un­til he re­ti­res in the South of the Lake. Their des­cen­dants (Xu­lia and Jo­sef Re­gi­nal­do Li­zar­ra­ga) cre­a­ted the Me­son Coim­bra, de­di­ca­ted to agri­cul­tu­re and fis­hing ... All this is des­cri­bed in the bo­oks Me­mo­ri­es of San­ta Bar­ba­ra and Ta­les and chro­ni­cles of the south of the Lake.

Ac­cor­ding to the his­to­ri­cal collec­ti­on of the Co­lon Dis­trict of Ma­no­lo Sil­va, San Carlos de Zu­lia had three suc­ces­si­ve foun­da­ti­ons: 23, 27 and 28 March 1778. This city's pro­ject was built on one of the banks of the Es­ca­lan­te Ri­ver. In the ot­her was the twin city, San­ta Bar­ba­ra. That is, in this story, the Ri­ver Es­ca­lan­te has be­en a si­lent pro­ta­go­nist. Howe­ver, it is in­ju­red. In a cle­ar war­ning, Do­min­go La­bar­ca Pri­e­to war­ned of the ne­ed to put ef­fort in­to its re­co­very. The es­sen­ti­al thing is to cre­a­te in the com­mu­ni­ti­es a cle­ar awa­re­ness of the im­por­tan­ce of the pre­ser­va­ti­on and con­ser­va­ti­on of their own ha­bi­tat, as well as their cul­tu­ral ro­ots.

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