Routes and Trips to the Enchanted City

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788498973792
Hardcover ISBN: 9788499538334

Pedro de Angelis published in 1836 Routes and Trips to the Enchanted City (Derroteros y viajes a la Ciudad Encantada), or of the Caesars, which was believed to have existed south of Valdivia. Angelis compiled a large number of chronicles that give an idea of an invented city, a lost paradise, a new El Dorado Austral.
In the sixteenth century a rumor began to spread among the Spanish conquerors that referred to a mysterious population that was located, it seemed, in the eastern part of the Andes mountain range, in an indeterminate place located approximately towards 35 ° or 36 ° of southern latitude.
It was a very rich city founded by indigenous people fleeing Peru, after the Spanish conquest, who had brought with them immeasurable amounts of gold, silver and precious stones.
This is how the legend of the City of the Caesars or the Caesars of Patagonia, or the Enchanted City of Patagonia, arose and was created. All this was sufficient cause to justify numerous expeditions and search proposals to obtain such a precious treasure. The myth about its existence lasted well into the eighteenth century.
The myth of the Enchanted City of Patagonia or the Caesars motivated from an early time the emergence of a specialized literature, which dealt with the subject. Therefore, there is a varied bibliography, in which this legend, its different origins and the consequences that had such a precious place have been addressed.
Mentioning among the first authors the Jesuit historians fathers Alonso de Ovalle, Miguel de Olivares and Diego de Rosales, who collected the original news of the myth and published them during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
But, without a doubt, it should be noted among the most important to Pedro de Angelis who dealt with the matter as a collector of letters, relationships and paths that account for the myth of a magical city.
In his introduction Angelis, he brings us closer to his personal vision on some dark aspects of the colonial era…
Under the rule of these illusions, they welcomed all hopes, listened to all suggestions, and were always ready to face the greatest dangers, when presented to them on a path that could lead them to fortune.
It is the general opinion of the writers who have dealt with the discovery of the Río de la Plata, that what most influenced him in attracting a considerable and chosen number of conquerors, was the name.
Neither the tragic end of Solis, nor the numbers and ferocity of the Indians, nor the hunger that had decimated a portion of their own countrymen, were enough to pull them back from a place that was a promise of infinite wealth.
This anthology contains, among others, texts by Pedro Lozano, Silvestre Antonio de Roxas, José Cardiel, Ignacio Pinuer and Agustín de Jáuregui.

Reference edition: Buenos Aires, Imprenta del Estado, 1836.

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