AMAZONIA

5th July 1592

We continue to follow De Orellana. The river seems to be endless. It has been seven months since we set out.

Today we were attacked by a group of savages. Without a common language took us for enemies. They hurled sharpened rocks as we fled back to the boat.

It was not the men that attacked us but the females, the like of which I have never seen before. With long, muscular legs they bounded after us. They beat to death any man they caught with clubs and bare hands. I was gripped by one, held by arms as strong as a toro. Gonzalez used his sword to injure my captor and I struggled free. Gonzalez has read of such women existing in ancient Greece, they were called Amazons. It seems a fitting name. They were as barbaric and dense as the forest surrounding us.

In all, another fifteen men were killed. Only thirteen from the sixty that began the expedition are left. De Orellana refuses to turn back until we have claimed the full length of the river for the King.


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Written for ‘What Pegman Saw’, a weekly prompt based on a view from Google Maps. The idea is to write a piece of fiction of around 150 words based on the prompt. Full details can be found HERE. This week we’re off to Brazil on an expedition down the Amazon river. Read more about the Spanish explorers and their encounters with the native tribes HERE.

For more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Feature Image © Steve Wallace

27 responses to “AMAZONIA”

  1. Dear Iain,

    Good bit of historical fiction there. I’ll admit I had to google De Orellana…but that’s how we learn. Thank you for the lesson…well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, it makes a change for me to be providing you with a story based on history! A fascinating time for sure, one can only imagine the hardships they endured – the explorers and the indigenous people.

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  2. Wow! 13 left out of 60, not very good numbers there!
    I enjoy history and your historical fiction stories. Good job!

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    1. Thanks you. Something I like about this prompt challenge is learning about the history of the places we travel to. Glad you enjoy it too!

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  3. Their lust for gold was as boundless as their capacity for cruelty. Great vignette of the terrors of exploring. None of the guys who followed got much of either gold or glory for their pains.

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    1. No one has won from the exploitation of the rainforest, natives or explorers, or wildlife either for that matter.

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  4. Great writing and a gripping story. I’d love to read the whole journey.

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    1. Thanks Karen, it would make a great historical adventure novel.

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  5. I really enjoyed this short piece of fiction Ian, nicely done 🙂

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    1. Thank you, pleased you enjoyed it.

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  6. Your voice and style of writing took me back to that time period. Well done.

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  7. I love the way you incorporate knowledge of history into your story. And of course, I love the Amazon warrior women! Great story.

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  8. Very gripping. I wish there were more updates on this journey.

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    1. Thanks, would certainly make a gripping novel I think.

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  9. Love this Iain – a diary entry pitch perfect for the time. Love the evocation of people and place, that image of ferocious women attacking those ravaging Spaniards. Absolutely cracking opening for a boys’ own adventrue. Great

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    1. Thanks Lynn, does lend itself to a good journal-style novel, although I think the amount of research needed would put me off!

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      1. Haha! I know what you mean and I’m a history grad! 🙂

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  10. Amazons on the Amazon. Who knew?

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    1. That’s how it got it’s name apparently, so the story goes.

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  11. Love the POV here and the voice. Took me back to medieval times. What a masterly slice of historical fiction is this.

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  12. Entertaining, authentic, and educational. Well done, Iain!

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    1. Thanks David, much appreciated

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  13. What a tale! Full of everything that would make a movie.

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    1. Thanks, it would definitely make a good adventure story for a longer tale.

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