QUI­TO, ciu­dad y reino a city and a king­dom

Nan Magazine - - NOTICIAS ÑAN / ÑAN NEWS -

En las fal­das del Pi­chin­cha, los es­pa­ño­les to­ma­ron la es­tra­té­gi­ca decisión de fun­dar su clá­si­co da­me­ro ur­bano so­bre un ver­da­de­ro rom­pe­ca­be­zas geo­ló­gi­co, co­mo cen­tro ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­vo de una ex­ten­sa re­gión. La Real Au­dien­cia de Qui­to al­gu­na vez abar­có par­te del río Ama­zo­nas y se ex­ten­dió al nor­te de Po­pa­yán en la ac­tual Co­lom­bia y al sur de Jaén, en el ac­tual Pe­rú. At the foot of Mount Pi­chin­cha, the Spa­niards took the stra­te­gic decision to lay out their clas­sic ur­ban ‘chec­ker­board’ upon a truly cha­llen­ging geo­lo­gi­cal puzz­le, con­cei­ving it as an ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ve cen­ter of a vast re­gion. The “King­dom of Qui­to” on­ce co­ve­red the en­ti­re Ri­ver Ama­zon all the way to its mee­ting with the Atlan­tic Ocean, and ex­ten­ded fart­her north than Po­pa­yan in pre­sent-day Co­lom­bia and fart­her south than Jaén in what is to­day Pe­rú.

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