El Dorado is a legend of a lost city of gold that reaches back centuries. The existence of the city has been dismissed over the years, but many dedicated archaeologists and researchers still hold on to the dream that it will one day be found.
El Dorado, which translates to ”The Golden” in Spanish, referred to a tribe chief or legendary ruler of the Muisca people who was said to cover himself in gold dust before washing it off in the sacred Lake Guatavita in Colombia. The accounts of the ceremony aren’t in line with one another, but all agree the chief did cover himself in gold.
It was also said that gold and jewels were thrown into the lake to praise an underwater god. This coincides with the Spaniards finding hundreds of pieces of gold along the edge of the lake.
The Spanish found much gold among the natives which gave them a taste for more. They attempted to drain the lake in 1545 and managed to lower the water level enough to find hundreds of pieces of gold, but the true treasure that was said to be hidden deeper was unaccessible to them.
Despite the story only being potentially laced with scraps of truth, Spanish explorers still decided to dedicate an enormous amount of man-power to exhausting searches which yielded no clues of a lost city of gold.
Over the years, El Dorado has transitioned from referring to a man and became the name of an empire or kingdom which is said to conceal a lost city of gold.
Whether there is a lost city of gold out there somewhere is still unknown, but if true, it would lie somewhere deep within the South American rainforest.
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