South American giants?
De Leon, however, makes no mention of any race or any ruina upon the Cerro de Hojas. But he gives an extensive extensive description of the Indians whom he found living In the valleys. ' This description Is of Interest because. In all probability, these Indians were tho debased descendants of the race In question. ' If they knew of the ruins upon the Cerro de Hojas.' they made no mention of them to the Spaniards; but they spoke at great length of a race of giants who had at one time occupied this country. .-. .-. .-. The former existence of this race of giants was a deep-seated deep-seated deep-seated tradition, not only, with thse Indians, but with neighboring tribes. According to, this tradition, these giants landed on the coast at the point of Santa Elena, coming coming In large boats. It la probable that these stories about the giants refer to the - landing of some barbarous : and warlike peopl who came at a remote time. A fact, that gave strength to this tradition was the finding of huge bones In the soil. These were the remains remains of the long extinct mastodon. Another thing which these Indians ascribed to the previous occupancy of the giants waa the existence of a large number of deep wells. These wells were constructed of stone in much the same fashiqn, as the well with which we are all familiar . In the country districts of America. Among the ruins upon the Cerro de Hojas - similar wells are frequently found.- found.- It Is more than probable that these lowland we-Us we-Us we-Us were all built by the highland people. And the fact that the Indians ascribed them to the' giants of . tradition only goes to show how long the highland race must havo been extinct before the arrival of the Span-lards.' Span-lards.' Span-lards.'