A new vision tries to recover that disaggregated memory, canceled, of the zone known as South of the Lake, in the municipality of Colón, located only to 470 km of the capital of the state; and an hour and 15 minutes from the capital of the country.
The potential conditions of this endearing land are endless to travel through its vast expanses, its river valleys, its possible tourist destinations, its possible cultural encounters, its incessant interaction with surrounding municipalities and Andean slopes.
The meritorious work of historians and chroniclers has recovered our collective memory. The works of Alberto de Jesus Guerere, those of Bernardo Villasmil, as well as the documented works of Manolo Silva, journalist, chronicler, historian, and work of Domingo Labarca Prieto, teacher and cultural promoter, have allowed fighting against this accumulated oblivion.
The origins go back to the Coimbra farm, in the early 17th century, vast in extensive crops, especially coffee, as Bernardo Villasmil tells us. He makes references to its owners, Nicholas Da Buyn and Xuana de Oña, whose daughter was baptized with the name of Xulia. He also speaks of his efforts in the search for new routes for the transportation of grain and other products until he retires in the South of the Lake. Their descendants (Xulia and Josef Reginaldo Lizarraga) created the Meson Coimbra, dedicated to agriculture and fishing ... All this is described in the books Memories of Santa Barbara and Tales and chronicles of the south of the Lake.
According to the historical collection of the Colon District of Manolo Silva, San Carlos de Zulia had three successive foundations: 23, 27 and 28 March 1778. This city’s project was built on one of the banks of the Escalante River. In the other was the twin city, Santa Barbara. That is, in this story, the River Escalante has been a silent protagonist. However, it is injured. In a clear warning, Domingo Labarca Prieto warned of the need to put effort into its recovery. The essential thing is to create in the communities a clear awareness of the importance of the preservation and conservation of their own habitat, as well as their cultural roots.