THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA, THE MOORS AND THE SPANIARDS
One of the myths that sent the Spaniards into the northwestern regions of the New Spain or Colonial Mejico, was the legend of the Seven Cities of Cibola. Allegedly, in 1150, when the Moors conquered Merida, Spain, seven bishops had to flee the city not only to save their lives but to prevent the Muslims from obtaining sacred religious relics and they went to a land - unknown to the people of the continent at that time - accross the Atlantic ocean. Years later, there circulated a rumor that in a far away land, the seven bishops had founded the cities of Cibola and Quivira.
The legend says that these cities grew very rich, mainly from gold and precious stones and this was the idea that prompted many expeditions to these
mythical cities through the following centuries. With time, the legend behind these cities grew so much that no one spoke just of Quivira and Cibola, but
instead, of the seven magnificent cities made of gold. One for each of the bishops who had founded them after having fled from Merida, Spain to this new world.
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CONNECTION TO THE RELIGIOUS RELICS FROM MERIDA, SPAIN?.
Could the bishops be somehow connected with the Knights Templar? I wonder. And could the religious relics they carried be one and the same that the Templars found in Jerusalem, while they were living on the site of King Herod's Temple, situated above the underlying ruins of King Salomon's Temple where they were thought to have dug out mysterious relics? In 1127, aproximately nine years after the nine initial poor knights had taken up residence in this location, they allegedly found a treasure, of such importance, that it would eventually make them immensly rich and powerful. So much so, that some believe the Pope worried they would reveal the nature of their treasure to the world and that they might have been paid off to keep quiet about it and that gave them some sort of leverage against the Catholic church and eventually unleash the beginning of their demise on that ominous arrest on Friday October the 13th, 1307, a day which we now associate with bad luck.
ABOUT JUSTICE, FOR THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR - 700 YEARS LATER
While on this topic and on the 700th year anniversary of their brutal demise, it appears The Vatican is offering a "very" belated
"very" post-mortem apology, to exhonerate the Templar Knights and restore their reputation by writing a letter to the Hertford Templar Knights in
England, which apparently was received by the current Grand Master. This in response to a document found in 2001 by Professor Barbara Frale, which prompted the
Vatican to look into this matter.
The Chinon parchment, dated April 1308; was apparently misfiled in the Vatican's archives back in the 17th century, or was
it?, has a narrative of the interrogation of several Templar Knights; one of them none other than the Grand Master himself, Jacques de Molay. It
was conducted by the Holy Inquisition and it states the knights were found innocent and absolved of the charges of herecy and other wrong doings in 1308. So
how was it that they were still imprissoned, tortured and killed 8 years after their Friday, October 13, 1307 arrest.
Redemption by fire? Oh yes, they were burned alive and that is where Jacques de Molay cursed Pope Clement V and France's King Phillip the Fair by saying they would soon follow hm in death. Within less than a year they were both dead. It is no wonder there are claims that when King Louie XVI was guillotined, someone in the crowd yelled out: "That is for Jacques de Molay".
Justice at last? So easily said and sadly, a weak gesture. If this was known in the 17th century, why not speak out then? What were they afraid of? Why wait so long? What other self damning evidence have they found that makes them come out and grant such a belated pardon?
By the way, the Vatican is publishing a book on October 25th and I suppose it will mention the Knight Templar connection and it also sells you a leather bound folder with a copy of the Chinon parchment. The cost: I believe 3,200 Lira. Will research this further and keep you posted.
UPDATE: Today X-25-07, Katey Couric reported on the Templar Manuscript and the leather bound book; of which only 800?copies were made; one of them already belongs to the Pope. So if you wish to acquire a copy, it will set you back about $8,000.00 US., I was way off. Do the Templars get the proceeds, who does?
BACK TO THE SEVEN BISHOPS
It is said that the name of the city where the seven bishops allegedly went to was Antilia, which incidentally, was the basis for the Antilles, a name that was initially applied to the West Indian islands of the Caribbean. Yet, these islands failed to yield the large quantities of gold and silver desired by the Spaniards. By 1539, other lands reported on by explorer Cabeza de Vaca and his men were believed to hold the El Dorado also known as Cibola, came to the attention of the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and he sent Fray Marcos de Niza and the African Estevanico on a reconnoitering expedition. It was in this expedition that Estevanico died at Hawikuh, the southernmost point in the Zuni pueblos in western New Mejico.
When Fray Marcos returned to the New Spain, he reported seeing golden cities, the smallest of which was supposed to be larger than the City of Mejico. In 1450, the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado captured Hawijuh and learned the truth about it as well as other pueblos. In the following year, the dissapointment over not finding the Seven Cities of Cibola in this area, moved Coronado to start a futile search for Quivira, one of the seven golden cities which crossed the panhandle of Texas. This is a funny reference I read somewhere: When the Spaniards asked the natives where El Dorado was, they responded to them by saying: go further this way or that way. In this manner, the Spaniards were kept busy looking for the elusive El Dorado and out of their hair.
So this guy brings up the question
so I don't have to...what do ya'll think,,,
explains government (past and present)
involvement???,,,let you dig it up and then take
it away???,,,already dug up long ago ???
why Columbus and the rest got funded to
come to the Americas???