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People have always been searching constantly on the search forsomething new for something else El Dorado was one of the mostimportant things to search for in the 1500s In Europe espacially ithad a lot of popularity This was due to the fact that at that timeEurope had been recently discovering the other half of the globe Butwhat really was El Dorado When searching for the true meaning of EDorado one must explore the origins or legends of the city andappreciate the many quest of Sir Walter RaleighThere were many things people thought of when El Dorado came to mindUnlike many other myths this one can be traced down and is known exactlywhat set this off Supposedly a king awoke every morning and coveredhimself in gold dust then at night he would go and wash it off by asacred lake This was true to some extent One of the native tribes inthe Amazon had a ritual of covering their chief in saw dust from treesand then having him wash it off at what they considered to be a sacredlake Chippindale However people took this to a whole other levelExaggerations lead people to believe that the king lived in a city madecompletely from gold This rumor was easily believed since during thelast century many newfound lands were found including the Aztecs andIncas This is what many of the conquistadors saw El Dorado as the nextnewfound land These Spaniards had a very ingenuous state of mind Sowhen they put the Aztecs and their gold with the rumors of gold southtogether they came up with one interpretation The gold is in the southof the western hemisphere South America Hamilton With that countlessexplorers from Spain came to S America to search for the golden cityOne of those explorers and possibly the most famous was Sir WalterRaleigh He was fairly handsome man measuring up a rough 6ft At a youngage Raleigh had caught Queen Elizabeths eye through his half brotherGilbert Raleigh
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