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    Almost the entire population of Quito, the capital of the South American country of Ecuador, turned out into the streets to celebrate the founding of their city four hundred and forty one years ago.

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    Almost the entire population of Quito, the capital of the South American country of Ecuador, turned out into the streets to celebrate the founding of their city four hundred and forty one years ago.

    Spanish adventurers named the town in 1534 as they opened up the part of South America now known as Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. The Spanish named the entire area "Nueva Granada" because they thought it bore a resemblance to the country around the Spanish city of Granada.

    The city of Quito is surrounded by volcanoes and high rugged mountains. Many of the people there can trace their ancestry back to the ancient South American Indians.

    It is said that the people of Quito differ from the rest of the Ecuadorains in that they are more tranquil and go about their business with less of a rush. Whether there is any truth in this is open to question, as Quito itself is a thriving city with modern "skyscraper" buildings, wide streets, and all the modern amenities of a bustling modern city, including casinos.

    But tucked away all the hustle and bustle is a small part of the city known as "the old Quito". This is the remnant of the original Spanish settlement where time has stood still amongst the narrow winding streets and the mudbricks, slate roofed houses where the old people sit in doorways to catch the warm sun in winter and the cool evening breeze in summer.

    After a big procession through the streets of the city, President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara spoke to the large crowd and promised that he would implement a promised government nationalisation programme.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6YCCN5123TT9B8GFTZDC8PFH1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YCCN5123TT9B8GFTZDC8PFH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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