The Ghosts of Chapala – MondoWorks

This painting was inspired by the haunting beauty of Lake Chapala. Oil on Canvas. 

Lake Chapala (SpanishLago de Chapala About this sound tʃa’pala ) is Mexico‘s largest freshwater lake.[2] It lies in the municipalities of ChapalaJocotepecPoncitlán, and Jamay, in Jalisco, and in Venustiano Carranza and Cojumatlán de Régules, in Michoacán.  It is fed by the Río LermaRío ZulaRío Huaracha, and Río Duero rivers, and drained by the Rio Grande de Santiago. The water then flows northwest into the Pacific Ocean. The lake also contains three small islands, Isla de los Alacranes (Scorpion Island – due to the unusually high number of scorpions found on the island), Isla Mezcala, and a third very small island next to Isla Mezcala called La Isla Menor. In 1819, the Fuerte Mezcala (Mezcala Fort) was built by the Spanish and used until Mexican independence in 1821. The island was then converted to a prison until it was closed in 1855.

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