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The Real Story Of El Dorado

Mutiny, beheading, malaria, and horse-eating are just a few of the things Europeans subjected themselves to during their bloody search for El Dorado. With no evidence other than hearsay incorrectly based on one indigenous worship ritual, 16th-century conquistadors trampled through South America, killing and subjugating the indigenous Muisca people in their chase of a myth of a gold-plated city that never proved real.

The closest thing to El Dorado turned out to be a lake in Colombia which was the site of religious rituals involving gold offerings. The City of Gold did not exist, but the cost to prove that was a steep and tragic one.

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