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El Dorado Eldorado" Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew.

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1 El Dorado Eldorado" Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew old - This knight so bold - And o'er his heart a shadow Fell, as he found No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow - "Shadow," said he, "Where can it be - This land of Eldorado?" "Over the Mountains Of the Moon Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride," The shade replied, - "If you seek for Eldorado!" Poem: Edgar Allan Poe, "Eldorado," Flag of Our Union (Boston), April 21, 1849

2 El Dorado The City of Myths

3 The Legend Begins The original legend appears to have begun around It was started as a story called El Hombre Dorado or the golden man. This referred to a South American chieftain who was immensely wealthy and covered himself in gold dust.

4 Why? The reason for such an eccentric royal custom has been unclear. The most commonly thought reason was for symbolic religious reasons. Mainly the rituals of the Musica have been the suggested.

5 The Tragedy Raleigh returned to England, where King James ordered him beheaded for, among other things, disobeying orders to avoid conflict with the Spanish. Watt Raleigh expedition was a disaster, and Watt Raleigh was killed in a battle with the Spaniards. Raleigh returned to England, where King James ordered him to be beheaded for, disobeying orders to avoid conflict with the Spanish.

6 What people thought Because of the things that he did people supposed that there would be a Golden Kingdom and a city or even country where gold was abundant. This kingdom was known to the natives as Manoa or Omoa. Over the years a number of explorers, looters, and invaders attempted to discover El Dorado. The myth probably motivated a lot of the invasions on the native cities by greedy Europeans.

7 Where was it located? Despite being a legendary, lost city, El Dorado has been found a number of times. One of the people who supposedly discovered its secret was Antionio de Berrio who stated Manoa(the golden city/El Dorado) to be near the source of the Caroni river.

8 Where was it located? El Dorado was also located near Lake Guatavita Lake Guatavita is a two hour drive north of the Colombian capital of Bogota

9 Who searched for El Dorado. The most famous person to search for El Dorado was Sir Walter Raleigh Some other people who searched for it were Sir Walter Raleigh, Francisco de Orellana, Hernan Cortes, and Watt Raleigh

10 Class question El Dorado supposedly nearby which lake? A.Lake Erie B.Lake Guatavita C.Lake Tanganyika D.Lake Mweru

11 Works cited onquistadors/orellana/ orellana_b00.html# onquistadors/orellana/ orellana_b00.html# lic.com/focus/news/ /posts lic.com/focus/news/ /posts

12 " De Guiana" Guiana, whose rich feet are mines of gold, Whose forehead knocks against the roof of stars, Stands on her tiptoes at fair England looking, Poem excerpt: George Chapman, "De Guiana," 1


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