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INEXPLICATA - UFOs in Latin America and Spain

INEXPLICATA - UFOs in Latin America and Spain

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The Spanish-speaking world can boast of a UFO and paranormal history that is as rich as that of any other region of the planet. Going as far back as the 17th century - perhaps even more - sightings of unexplained objects, encounters with bizarre creatures and other oddities have filled the pages of periodicals and books. Truth is far stranger than fiction.
The Spanish-speaking world can boast of a UFO and paranormal history that is as rich as that of any other region of the planet. Going as far back as the 17th century - perhaps even more - sightings of unexplained objects, encounters with bizarre creatures and other oddities have filled the pages of periodicals and books. Truth is far stranger than fiction.

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INEXPLICATAUFOs INHISTORY:LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN
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Chapter One:Saucers of theSpanish Main
It’s hard for us to imagine whatcrossing the Atlantic in a Sixteenthcentury sailing ship must have beenlike. Creatures of comfort that weare, the privations and unsanitary conditions of a galleon or caravel would be the stuff of nightmares, andthe risk of shipwreck on anunfriendly shore, with scarce hopesof rescue, equally hellish. Yetexplorers set up in vessels that weresmall and fragile—from ourperspective--across the vastness of “the Ocean Sea” toexplore and conquer new lands, fuelled by dreams of glory and a good wind at their backs.Our textbooks, revisionist and status-quo alike, agree that islands, landmasses and bodies of water were discovered and named; species of fruit, roots and tubers were sentacross the ocean to a land that had never seen them before, and deadly illnesses wereexported and imported from the so-called “new world”. Yet mariners and soldiers, whether headed to the mountain-girt glory of Tenochtitlán or the lofty mansions of Macchu-Picchu, encountered phenomena that clearly exceeded their understanding, andeven that of the highly educated natives of the new lands they had come to conquer andexplore.In an age where literacy was the exclusive province of the clergy and thenotary, it was agreat boon to posterity that the early explorers, sea captains and navigators, were able toconvey their findings in their routine log entries. With a potentially mutinous crew,fearful of monsters and the endless seas around them, Christopher Columbus allegedly kept two sets of logsan actual one and another that showed different times andpositions. Although we may perceive this as trickery on the seaman’s part, it enabled himto allay his crew’s fears until landfall was finally made onGuanhaní (supposedly WatlingIsland in the Bahamas) on October 12, 1492.But Columbus’s log includes other information that is of great interest to us. OnSeptember 15,1492, nearly a month away from his historic landfall, the mariner reported
 
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a “long tongue of flame” falling into the ocean, noting it thus in his log. This event, seenas an ill omen by the crew, very nearly caused a mutiny. While it is perfectly naturally that a meteorite or bolide could have been the cause of this phenomenon, it cannot beproven. In subsequent weeks,Columbus and one of his men, Pero Gutierrez, witnessed “a light shining at aconsiderable distance” from the deck of the flagship “Santa María”a light thatreputedly vanished and reappeared several times that evening, bobbing up and down.This light was seen only a few hours before Rodrigo de Triana shouted from the crow’snest that landAmericawas in sight.Years after Columbus’s fateful discovery, anexpedition of five hundred men set out from the island of Cuba toconquer Mexico. Attheir head was Hernán Cortés, a ruthless but educated man who had been a notary. Hisletters to Emperor Charles V represent some of the first perspectives on Mesoamerica by a European. However, in his expedition was Bernal Díaz del Castillo another man with writing skills, and his chronicle Historia de la Verdadera Conquista de la Nueva Españaincludes the first sighting of a UFO by a European in the new lands that had beensubjugated by blood and fire. “The Mexican indians,” writes Castillo, “claimed havingseen a sign in the heavens which was green and red, round like a cartwheel; beside thissign was another line, headed toward where the sun rises, and which had come to meetanother red line.” Later on, the chronicler himself would seestrange activity in theMexican skies: “This is what I saw, and what was seen by all those who would see it, inthe year 1527. There was a sign in the night sky resembling a longsword, [located as if] between the province of Pánuco and city of Texcoco. Itdid not move from the sky,neither hither nor thither, for more than twenty days.” A comet? Possibly. But comets—frightening harbingers of future mishaps that they were—would still have been identifiedas such by someone of Castillo’s level of education. At this point it should perhaps be mentioned that Aztec Mexico had undergone a seriesof unexplained events between 1509 and 1519mysterious fires, encounters withstrange and frightening creatures, and sightings of UFOsfor at least a decade prior tothe arrival of Cortés and his band of adventurers.Nor was this paranormal activity restricted to Mesoamerica: Nicolás de Martinez Arzanz y Vela described the strange recorded a compelling UFO sighting of the colonial erainvolving “two suns seen in the morning sky”.The following account appears in the chronicle
 Imperial History of Potosí 
, an account of the governorship of General Hinojosa, a royal official in charge of the silver wealth of thePotosí Mines of “el alto Perú” as Bolivia was known then. Any official with oversight of the continent’s greatest single source of silver was bound to make enemies, and Hinojosa was no exception. Two of his rivals, Sebastian of Castille and Francisco Girón, conspiredto bring him down, and this is how history records the event: “…at the moment whenSebastián and Girón were preparing their troops for the insurrection, there appearedover Porco, threes suns and two moons appeared in the midst of a circular halo, and within the latter two blue and red arcs. On January13, 1553, 52 days before GeneralHinojosa was killed at 7 o’clock in the morning, a great circle was perceived in the sky above Porco. it was entirely white, with a thickness of one span. The natural sun wassomewhat reddish, almost blood colored, and thetwo lateral ones were very red and bloody, so that the sheen and the fire blinded onlookers. The two frontal moons (sic)resembled white moons with a reddish cast…the two arcs were blue and red, as they seemed. This prodigy was witnessed for seven consecutive days over the rich summit of Potosí, followed by two other arcs, one of them looking like polished silver, the other

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