On the north coast of Ecuador lies an interesting piece of history. The place I speak of is called Playa Africa the majority of inhabitants who are Afro-Ecuadorian and whose ancestors arrived in the early 1600’s aboard wrecked slave ships. In this sector lives an Afro-Ecuadorian gentleman named Arquimedes Simisterra, in a simple wooden house. What is extraordinary is that at an early age he discovered artifacts, achaeological and mineral treasures from the earth he was born on. His collection now numbers over 6,000 pieces most have been authenticated by the State as Tolita period of Ecuador’s history dating to 500 BC . He has for over 20 years displayed, guarded and offered these treasures in his home to the public without benefit of income. On a typical weekend he will receive over 60 visitors, in large groups, several small groups or familiy units. Local schools and universities bring groups of students to hear him talk about the folklore and legends of the coast. His visitors come not only from all over Ecuador but also south america, north america, and europe. He has no income except the small donations of visitors. He does not have electric service or running water. He has requested a pension from the Ecuadorian government several times to be rejected.