"We are a nation of American cowboys, Immigrants, Amazonian indians, and who could forget the wonderful Brazillians, they keep the bunch together and keep things lively . If I could summarize our nation's people with four words, they'd be Adventurous, hardworking, free spirited, and interesting. We may not always agree but no one indentifies as anything other than Amazonian and that title comes with a history and an unspoken brotherhood, bonded in blood" -
In 1883, Jeremiah Cross and Nathaniel Bloom, two civil war veterans and current cowboys not satisfied with outcome of the war, each resenting the other had lived and not perished while in service to their respective side, planned to have one final dual. They had already duelled twice since the war had ended, each time one had missed and the other's weapon had missfired and now dueling was officially legal, leaving both men anxious to find loophole to the laws. Jeremiah and Nathaniel's feud had transcended far before the war, even though Cross had sworn that he would "burn Bloom's grey dixon-behind alive then put his black, burned ashes into his own cottonfield and see how he likes it" and Bloom promised to "skin Jeremiah's 'the mason' alive, blue coat included and feed his dogs the skin and use the uniforn as a wiping cloth for his outhouse" the men had always disliked one and other, from the first time they met.
Both finally agreed after getting drunk, that the only logical loophole to the law was for their excuse to be "we weren't dueling, we were just trying to kill each other." The plan failed to say the least when the authorities caught word of the ensuing breach in law, both men were forced to flee, taking refuge in a train heading for California on the Pacific Railroad. On the trainride to the coast they had days to formulate their next plan of action. Their convoluted plan was, put in very simple terms was to buy two tickets for a steam boat heading for South America, and there they would finish their duel there. They did as they said and gained the services of the captain of "La Sudamerica" and they sailed down the strait of Magellan, all they way both men were eager to end the other, but despite this fact both men learn more and more of their foe along the trip and began to respect him.
They arrived at the other side of the strait sometime in mid 1884 and had to land in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego to make repairs on the ship, which was damaged in the storm. From there they came across a gang of Argentine Gaochos who they convinced that they found the lost city of gold "El Dorado" and if they gave them two horses to ride, they could come along and share the wealth. The Gaochos, having not seen anyone from outside Argentina, mistook their accents for British ones adn thought them to be scholars so they agreed and the group headed for Rio de Janero to prepare to go on "the quest". In reality Cross and Bloom, both having a conniving wit in comon, snuck out of the camp site in the middle of the night, taking the Gaochos' money and supplies then headed for Rio.
The journey was rough even with supplies and the men barely made it to the city but they did, Bloom and Cross made it to Rio a day ahead of the Gaochos. Without Brazilian currency it took then lots of gambling to win enough money for two rooms in the inne and by the time they did the Gaochos were near. They had realized their tretchory and were pursuing them about a day behind them, entering the town just as Bloom and Cross were resting that night for the duel next morning, unaware the Gaochos had made it into the city and had checked into the inne, waiting to ambush them. Cross and Bloom awoke and readed to battle but were ambushed by the Gaochos as they walked out of their rooms. Hog tied and dearmed the Gaochos took both men on a new journey, a one they were certain would get them gold and they swore if the two men had been lying about the location, they would be killed.
Both men knew now their chances were thin and if they wanted to survive, they had to trick the Gaochos into getting lost in the Amazon and then cease any oppertunity to get free.
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