2012 - 2014
The only existing monarchy in the entire American continent survives on the Bolivian Andes. This is the amazing story of Don Julio Pinedo, Afro-Bolivian king. He is a direct descendant of the former Congolese King, Uchicho, who come to America by error among the many slaves brought from Africa by the Spaniards in the colonial era, it was 1882. Crowned as a monarch by the Afro-Bolivian community, the Royal tradition survives until today. His institutional figure is recognized by the Bolivian Constitution and the United Nations. Those old haciendas houses and slavery coca fields, today give home to 16,000 Afro-Bolivians in coexistence with the Aymara. They are descendants of those first black slaves, they respect the figure of their King while they struggle by continue to maintain their cultural identity. Married with the Queen Angelica, Their son, Rolando Prince, dreams with to be the next King on future. Today, Don Julio Pinedo is 72 years old, he never wanted to be King, in fact he doesn´t feel as a King, he is just a humble farmer on the heart on the tropical Nord Yungas province, north side of La Paz.