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In 1542 Orellana led an expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon. He was searching for El Dorado. The Kingdom of God Indians said lay in the heart of the jungle. For eight months he drifted through the rain forest. When he finally returned to Spain he brought with him spellbinding tales of an unknown civilisation. Horizon: The Secret of El Dorado, BBC 2002
Hidden beneath these trees Erickson had found a huge prehistoric settlement. And evidence that thousands of people had once gathered here for great ceremonies. These were the characteristics of civilisation. ibid.
At last it was clear just what the mysterious straight lines were: they were the remains of a vast network of raised roads and canals running between the settlements ... Finally it was clear to Erickson just what he was looking at: a society that had totally mastered its environment. ibid.
But if there really had been a great society here, what became of it? ibid.
Charcoal seems to hold the nutrients in the soil preventing them being washed away by the rains ... It sounds too good to be true but the Indians’ black earth could one day help to feed the world and help save the rain forest. ibid.
Lake Guatavita in Colombia said to be the site of an ancient meteor crater … the search for El Dorado. Ancient Aliens s3e4: Aliens and Temples of Gold, History 2011
Lost in the mountains of Peru is the legendary city of gold: El Dorado. Built from the wealth of the Inca Empire it’s the treasure trove the Spanish never found. But does it really exist? Mystery Investigator: Olly Steeds: Lost City of Gold, Discovery 2010
If Machu Picchu a massive site can remain undiscovered until the dawn of the twentieth century, then why not a city of gold hidden somewhere in the Andes? ibid.
South America is the perfect place to keep secrets ... Colombia: the land of El Dorado. Dr Jago Cooper, Lost Kingdoms of South America III: Lands of Gold, BBC 2013
Exquisite gold artefacts, infused with intriguing meaning, which drove European invaders into their remote lands. ibid.
One of those cultures – the Tairona – established themselves in the mountains of the Caribbean coast; another, the Muisca, settled five hundred miles to the south. ibid.
A city of gold somewhere in the mountains: the legend of El Dorado was born, and in the years that followed, waves of treasure seekers descended on South America in search of the fabled land. ibid.
The salt trail led the Spanish directly to the Muisca. ibid.
115,178. The legendary lost city of El Dorado is said to hold the greatest hoard of missing gold ever assembled. Now, new remote sensing technology is getting closer to solving the mystery: is El Dorado next? Mysteries of the Missing s1e4: El Dorado, Science 2017
In 1541 the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana set off to look for it. ibid.
It is believed that somewhere in the high mountains of Peru lies wealth beyond imagining: gold, the lost treasure of a great empire … El Dorado … a story of lust and greed and treachery. In Search of s1e24 … Inca Treasures, History 1977
A golden man dives into a sacred lake filled with precious gold and jewels; Conquistadors destroy empires and plunder their gold; and a shocking claim that alien beings came to Earth for gold. UFOs: The Lost Evidence s2e10: UFOs & Temples of Gold, Discovery 2019
Most share a common connection: the use of gold in rituals linked to these possibly alien sky gods. ibid.
The jungles of Colombia, South America, this is where the legend of El Dorado was born … deep in the jungle, high in the mountains … Somewhere out there is a lost city waiting to be found. Lost Cities with Albert Linn s1e2: El Dorado, National Geographic 2019
This golden statue [raft] may just be the key to the greatest treasure never found: El Dorado, produced by men who could throw gold away. Treasures Decoded s1e3: El Dorado, History 2020
This ten-inch-long five-hundred-year-old statue: a native chief surrounded by twelve of his people: they call this the El Dorado Raft. ibid.
No mine, no seam … The evidence suggests they [conquistadors] completely misunderstood [river gold]. ibid.
A famed ancient city overflowing with gold. For centuries explorers seeking it find only disappointment or death … Does El Dorado exist and if so, where can it be? History’s Greatest Mysteries s4e17: The Search for El Dorado, History 2023