> If I am reading Jim correctly, he is saying that while that may
> not be the specific lake that gave rise to the legend of El
> Dorado, there is sufficient reason to think that such a lake
> exists in South America. As with all legends, the reality
> seldom matches the embroidered myth. I concur that Garcilaso de
> la Vega's preservation of contempory accounts, such as this one
> and those of survivors' of the DeSoto expedition are priceless
> in terms of historical narratives. Cabeza de Vaca's
> recollections from the same period fall into the same category.
> The later embellishments of the El Dorado and Gran Quivira
> legends probably exist only in the gold fevered imaginations of
> treasure hunters.
Okay, I'm good with that!