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The lighthouse on the island Sacrificios

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The lighthouse on the island Satisifies (Spanish Isla de Sacrificios, the island of Sacrifices) surprises with its history. In 1518, the Spaniard Juan de Grijalva, Explorer of the Gulf of Mexico opened this unusual island. According to legend, here was the sacrificial altar, where people on a certain day sacrificed to the gods the most beautiful woman. The Spanish conquistadors found here the remains of human sacrifices times the Mesoamerican cultures. With the arrival of the Spaniards, on this island, where he built a special house, took them dying from wounds or disease. Anthropologists have found here the remains of burial grounds and temples tribes totonac and Olmec.

Besides the beauty of the lighthouse, admire the beautiful and rare coral reefs surrounding the island. In the 90-ies of XX century it was decided to close the island in connection with the deterioration of the rare corals that are constantly robbed by poachers for handicraft production. In recent years, there are ongoing negotiations between the government and tour companies who insist to open the island to the public, but environmentalists and biologists are concerned that the process of destruction will only accelerate.

Today the lighthouse on the island of the Victim works as a landmark for ships heading to the port of Veracruz. But this is no ordinary lighthouse, it works from 120 solar panels at 250 watts, and the whole structure of the lighthouse is able to withstand winds of over 200 miles per hour. Energy say that in the fight against climate change, conversion of light energy save up to six thousand liters of diesel fuel per month and reduce the production of 187 000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.