- HAMBATO SETTLEMENT - HAMBATO VILLAGE -
"THE AVENGER” (According to Cervantes)
FIRST THERE WERE PEOPLE, THEN PATHWAYS...
The extremely old concept... "You make the road as you go"...,
IS A FACT in the Ecuadorian ANDES.
It used to be, in the rest of the planet...
...TRACKS, PATHWAYS AND ROADS LEADING
TO THE "ROYAL” CHAQUI-NAN. (1st Glossary)
...The process by which human beings advanced from a nomadic culture to being sedentary was slow and incremental...
At some point in this transitional period, groups of people – usually itinerant, settled down in a geographical area called their territory, within the boundaries of which they moved around to meet their basic needs and according to their own physical capacities.- Saá
...A fairly spacious place, according to and depending on the number of people living there. This (these) group(s), were ’semi’ nomads, and were to be the ones who, some time later, would establish communities (1*) in a single place, permanent and small, but will interests and influence regarding the immediately surrounding larger area. Saá
(1*) ...In population density, a variable population density, according to ecological conditions.
(2*) ...ca. 600/400 A.D. This was when some sort of agricultural activity / culture seems to have begun, and the planting-harvesting cycle began to drive peoples’ lives. Semi-agrarian herding people. Some ‘trading in surplus' crops …
Therefore, far PRIOR to the INCA conquest (also Inga / Inka) and once the forebears of the different ethnic groups were collectively established in the valleys of Ecuador’s mountain regions, it became reasonable to maintain that they must necessarily have had inter-group contacts of all sorts among each other, and possibly with other peoples from other paces where the different groups had settled. Saá
*( "..A field of reciprocal influences, of dynamic interactions”. Annals E.S.C. #5PP.pp.1186-1222).
...To practice this type of communicational activity, they needed to MOVE AROUND / WALK... They generally did this with their animals, already long domesticated.
Establishing with this (walking around) ongoing, repeated movement, their TRACES (2* Glossary), a lasting roadway through the places where the natural state of geography made this possible. Saá
*Auchenids (“Camellids”) ("...llamas, llamingos, guanacos, alpacas, vicuñas..., etc.").
This PATHWAY inter-connected them with each other. Later, as the years went by and needs increased, to meet their own subsistence needs – basically growing along with their population – they would improve it into a roadway, as did the Incan invaders later.
....The Spanish conquerors also improved the roadway, but ALWAYS ALONG THE SAME ROUTE, THE INITIAL / ORIGINAL ROUTE, with very few changes. Saá
So, a network of central localities arose, linked by the route through the valleys amidst the huge masses of natural elevations that the Spaniards called the ANDES Range. This in fact and in practice entailed an organic inter-relationship among these towns, which in time acquired considerable population density…("Reducciones...”). Saá
This is the ONLY way to explain – at least reservedly – the formation of a hypothetical “KINGDOM” of QUITU " (or Quito). Saá
...In this case, by the peoples whom the Spaniards called “SHYRIS” but the Incas described as the “SHYRI”, living a placid and apparently harmonious existence for at least 180 years, UP UNTIL the Inca conquests. Saá.
*"Schyris-Shyris-Schyris-Shyris....etc...”; depending on the author’s favorite spelling, as with Inca-Inga-Inka...
...We must not forget that the Spaniards settled solidly on the Andean mountains in Ecuadorian territories fundamentally along the axis of the Andes range (South-North (S.N.>), exactly on top of the existing 'systems’ of pre-Colombian roadways, which inter-connected, in turn, indigenous population centers (1*) in various stages of ‘pre-urban’ development. Around these towns or even right on top of them, and practically from the ‘first’ day of the conquest, they founded their indoctrination centers, towns, villages, etc., many of which later became cities… . Saá