> No idea. I can go either way with it but I think there must be
> a kernel of truth--however exaggerated!--like David says below.
I have thought about the supposed ransom the Inca pulled together for the release of Atahualpa, their imprisoned leader who they loved so much that was put to death by Pizarro.
Apparently, when the Inca had found out about Pizarro putting Atahualpa to the sword, they took everything they had collected for the Spanish and hid it far away.
Could this story also lend weight to the legend of El Dorado? A search for the vast amounts of gold could have ensued following the Inca's failure to pass the gold on to Pizarro for the release of Atahualpa?
A man may die
Nations may rise and fall
But an idea lives on forever.