The Golden Dream: Seekers of El Dorado
by Robert Silverberg
writing as Walker Chapman*
(from Ohio University Press 1996)
...In this amazing history of quest and adventure, Robert Silverberg traces the fate of Old World explorers lured westward by the myth of El Dorado. From the German conquistadores, licensed by the Spanish king to operate out of Venezuela; to the journeys of Gonzalo Pizarro in the Amazon basin; to the nearly miraculous voyage of Orellana as far as the mouth of the Amazon; violence and bloodshed accompanied the determined adventurers. Sir Walter Raleigh spent small fortunes and many lives trying to locate Manoa, a city that was rumored to be El Dorado...
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