Santa Marta

Such was the origin of the powerful waterfall, present testimony that formidable flood and the time Zoe heard the prayers of his people, and saved him from destruction. The Lake started to diminish; a slow and steady, so as they had risen, the waters were going down, and within a few days the Earth returned to be completely dry. The chibchas rebuilt their houses and their temples, cultivated the fields as before, and memory kept the memory of the terrible days in which his entire nation was on the verge of perishing. Foundation of Fe the main expedition towards the interior it undertook from Santa Marta, in the month of August 1536, the lawyer and justice major don Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, with 820 men of a foot and 85 horsepower, while his officers, with 5 ships and 200 men, should follow waters above the Magdalena. This expedition by the River was almost completely annihilated.

Quesada, in both, advanced, amid continuing struggles with the Indians, through the impenetrable tropical jungle, full of thorny plants and tight trunks full of poisonous spiders, worms, scorpions and snakes, bats and mosquitoes. The soldiers, with the wounded bodies and torn dresses, fed on fruits and roots; the expedition there appeared that eat up the leather of their teams. Some had been blind, others walking lame, others were caught, even of the hammocks where slept, by the Tigers, which most ever deeper into its attack on the expedition. Often they were threatening mutiny troops; but the unshakeable determination of the Chief pushed relentlessly through the high peaks today are inaccessible for people on foot, the more for riders, and therefore are far away and abandoned all communication. One day the expedition sighted from a high mountain fields extensive, large planted of corn and potatoes, fruit trees and flower gardens. And in that pleasant region, fresh and abundant in water, also glad people were. Indians, terrified by the arms and outside roar in the sight of the horses, believed to form a single being with rider, taking them by creatures above, submitted almost without resistance and humiliated before gods to the power of the conquerors.