The Music of Washing by Bryan Hewitt

The most recent name given to the place where I live comes from a story full of blood and desire that is surrounded by water. The conquistadors who set out from Spain aboard ships laden with guns, armor and the thirst for gold also took with them a popular romance novel that detailed the delights to be found by those who discovered the mythical island of the Amazons. Depending on the interpretation, the island or the queen of the island was named Calafia. As they made their way across the Atlantic the men on the galleons took in the stories of willing women and fabulous wealth.