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History Of Moyobamba

Legend says that during Inca rule, the Charca and Pocra nations rebelled against the empire. The leaders Ancoallo and Astohuanca led a group of 50,000 people into the northern jungle, and destroyed the bridge over the Río Apurímac so the Inca could not follow them. The refugees founded a village called Ancoallo on Muyupampa, which in Quechua means circular plain. It was the first Spanish city founded in the jungle, in 1540 by Juan Pérez de Guevara, with the name Santiago de los Ocho Valles de Moyobamba. The first rebellion against Spanish rule occurred in 1743; Moyobamba declared its independence from Spain in 1821. It was the former capital of the old Maynas province and later of Loreto Province, until supplanted by Iquitos in 1897. The city became the capital of the new San Martín department in 1906.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

17 Feb 2013

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