This land is not optimized for our tribal needs. We must make it better.
We need to chop down all of these trees to build farms and roads and houses.
Shores of the Amazon Rainforest 1541
I must get rid of my troublesome brother, Gonzalo. I shall send him into the jungle on an "expedition". Surely he won't return.
That nitwit of a captain, Gonzalo, will surely doom us in this place. I'll volunteer to search for supplies and leave for safety. Hopefully I don't run into him, or else no one will believe my stories of the Amazon.
That treasure shall be all mine to claim! This forest can't be that terrible.
This soil does not possess the proper nutrients to support our crops. But we must have crops as back up. We could burn the trees we cut down and use their ashes to fertilize the soil temporarily.
However, these trees are very thick and will take a lot of time to chop down. We could use trees that live long, produce many fruits and require little care, even if it means this forest becomes somewhat artificial.
Surely our mounds will keep our settlements and trees safe from the flooding from the Andes.
Beni (Plains area in present day Eastern Bolivia)
This soil has become so fertile. It appears the charcoal we created from partially burning trees and letting our other disposable wastes make its way into the ground has made this soil stay fertile for a long time.