In legends all across the world, many fabulous and legendary cities have been spoken of in stories, such as the sunken city of Atlantis or the golden El Dorado 0. Each land is enveloped in their own stories, including travelers who tried to find it. In this essay, I will show that there is enough credible information to prove these plan sees do, in fact, exist, or have existed at some time.
Each land has their own rich history t o be explored, both the culture behind it’s origins and the people who searched aft re it, but s with many things present day findings usually turn up something to sway b levels one way or another. In this paper, will focus on El Dorado.. With a name translating into “The Gild De One”, El Dorado was thought to be a city made of gold. While it’s exact location n vanes from story to story, it is always placed in South America, and has been relevant t since the early 1 6th century.
It’s generally believed that legends of this city related t o a the tribe of Musical people, who were settled in what is now Columbia. When Spa knish conquistadors came in 1 537 to conquer them, the Spaniards supposedly found d that El Dorado, was originally a person, not a place. According to the legends, in the Abaca ; Aaron 2 region in the south was home to the Zip tribe of Musical peoples. It is believe d that the chief, sometimes referred to as El Dorado, or El Ere Dorado (The King of Gold) would offer gold to the gods.
He did this by covering himself in gold dust, and then w gashing it off in Lake Prima, while other attendants would also through gold and jewels into the lake as an offering. However, since the Spanish Conquistadors did find large a mounts of gold in the Americas when pillaging the native tribes such as the Aztec and Incas, they believed that II Dorado was referring to a place, and so our idea of it bee Eng a city of gold was born, and when referring to El Dorado, most people will universal y think of the city, not the person.
Naturally, the idea of a city of gold sparked interest in many explorers, aspect the Spanish, and when word was told about this land, many people made coo nettles efforts to try and find either Lake Prima, or El Dorado itself. It all started with Francisco Pizzeria. He tried to conquer the Incas in 1532. It was at this time he recover d and immense quantity of gold, setting the rumors in motion. The Spanish conquest adore Gonzalez Jinni De Quested than made one of the first searches for this place e. Armed with 800 men, he detoured off of finding a landlord route to Peru to explore e Columbia for this city, but found nothing.
Three years later, his brother made an attempt t, With 270 men Spanish men and many Indian porters, but also found nothing. Despite t h sees Aaron 3 failures, as more Spanish conquistadors came, pillaging the lands and capture Eng natives, more and more of them were told of the city of El Dorado. Francisco De Areola an even traveled down the length of the Amazon Ruler searching for it. There were ma unsuccessful attempts, but beliefs were revalidated in 1545, when L;zero Font e and Here;n Perez De Quested found Lake Guitarist. Believing this to perhaps be Lake Prima, they proceeded to drain the lake.
After working for 3 months to drain it bucket by bucket, they only managed to recede the lake’s surface by 3 meters. Howe according to they did manage to find gold, 4000 thousand pesos worth, which h comes to about 1 00,000 US dollars today, was collected from the shore. People believe gold was just out of reach, and 1580, another attempt was made, this time by Antonio De Seep;laved of Bogota. By creating a channel, he drained the lake by 20 met While many people died in the process, Seep;laved reportedly found 12,000 p sees worth of gold, jewelry and ornaments.
Many other attempts were made to harvest g old from this lake, and many of them were successful, such as Alexander von Humboldt t, who supposedly found over 300 million dollars worth of gold in the lake, but since 1 965, the government of Colombia has outlawed any attempts to drain the lake. M. R. Reese, The Search for El Dorado -” Lost City of Gold) Aaron 4 However, despite this ban, many people made other attempts to find this city. While many were unsuccessful and cost hundreds of lives and countless dollar RSI, one exploration in 2000 proved somewhat fruitful.
When a Santos Domingo moans terry was searching for Inca tunnels underground, they found a large one running undo earners the monastery itself. And just a year later, unrelated to the monastery, Mario Polio, an Italian archeologist discovered a document dating back to the 1600. This doc .NET described a city that could possibly have been the real City of Gold. Tracing the document back to Paratroop, Peru, Mario did not find hard evidence of it been Dorado, but he did find tools and man made structures, proving that whatever r this place was, it held some sort of human society.
Despite all of the failures looking for the city, undeniable truths have also been uncovered, with more evidence hinting at its existence popping up as it me goes on. While it is not the city itself, evidence of II Dorado the golden man has be en found. Two archeologist, Maria Alicia Rubber Villages from the Muses Del ROR in Bogota and Aaron 5 Marco’s Marionettes from CUL Institute of Archaeology , have made several findings on the Musical tribe of peoples, and their culture that lead to El Dorado.
They f mound that the gold crafted by the Musical people was unique in style, designed for spirits al reasons rather than monetary ones. Further more, according to DRP Ago Cooper of BBC News, in 1969, a figure made of gold was found in cavernous south of Bogota. This figure depicted golden men on a raft, a story identical to the rite the Musical p People were aid to perform. (Ago Cooper, II Dorado: The truth behind the myth). These items are on public display in the Muses del ROR in Bogota and British Museum in London.
As a place, El Dorado, also sometimes referred to as the City of Z, was popular among explorers for it’s stories of unmatched riches. People wanted it to exist , but when the Spanish hunted all over for it, most people just brushed it aside as a myth . Today’s satellite technology also may have found some evidence of El Tornado’s exists once. Deep in the Amazon, cultural artworks were found. These pieces have been d dated back o 200 AD, and respired the interest of explorers. For many years, we assume De that the climate of the Amazon is just too harsh to support a city.
Regardless, race NT satellite Aaron discoveries may have proved just the opposite. Near the borders of Brazil and Bolivia, over 200 geometric shapes, such as circles and squares, were found carved in to the ground. (Roy Carroll, Amazon Explorers Uncover Signs of a Real El Dorado) T shapes span a distance of 1 55 miles, and it is believed that these may be ERM ants of roads and ditches, dating back to long before Columbus landed on the US. The sees ditches all do not come from the same era, either, with the most recent being dated to 1283.
Scientists also believe that we are just scratching the surface with these earthworks, with upwards from 2000 additional pieces located somewhere in the jungle. In conclusion, the legendary city of El Dorado as we know it may have been n more than a hoax or a misinterpretation, but II Dorado definitely has existed In some form. However, for most people, this just isn’t an acceptable answer, this isn’t exciting enough answer, We want there to be a city Of gold. Its undeniable this dream as left its mark on our present day culture.
Towns all over Latin America and even the Aaron 7 world sport the name Of El Dorado, such as ones in Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, and even the U. S where Elodea appears in 16 different states. Its name has been use d in literature, even referenced from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe. It appears as the titles of songs, even to this day. Colombians use it as their international airport, and e even a Canadian corporation of gold producers. Even if people give up on looking for the city, we the people will never give up on believing the story, or dreaming about it.