> Aine wrote:
> > While we're on this subject, though, do you think El Dorado
> > a real place?
> Skeptoid has an article this week on legendary places,
> including El Dorado:
> His verdict: fictional.
The fabulous city of gold that drew explorers to the New
> Fictional. But since so many of the early explorers to the New
> World firmly believed in this city laden with immense gold,
> many came looking for it, and it played no small part in the
> conquista of the Americas.
> All the stories of the day pointed to El Dorado as being
> associated with Lake Guatavita, a small lake high up in a
> crater in the green mountains outside of Bogotá, Colombia.
> Several efforts to drain the lake were made by conquistadores
> in the 1500s, and some gold was found, mainly bits of jewelry
> and armor. But in 1898, a serious mining company drilled a
> tunnel through the mountainside and did completely drain the
> lake, but found only a few ancient trinkets. The lake has since
> recovered and it's now illegal to hunt for gold there.
From the comments:
I heard a different explanation for El Dorado, that the actual phrase in the native language was MAN of gold, and that it referred to the practice of decorating a newly-crowned king with gold paint and jewellery and having him tour the area and meet his subjects.
Which is what Dom and David are saying.