El Dorado

Then returned to rowing to the shore. In the meantime the bonfires burned gloriously; the scented smoke, as a cloud of incense, stole the light of the Sun, and the echoes resonated deafened by the din of chants, the horns and trumpets. After the ceremony, the King and vassals were delivered to joy and the national drink, which was a ferment of corn, then ran to torrents. After two or three days of universal revelry, the King was extended by his subjects to Palace. It wasn’t the return so orderly and solemn as it had been the March to the lagoon. The ceremony was taking place, as noted earlier, once a year.

These events happened centuries ago, before America was discovered, and when Europeans still do not knew nothing of its existence. Spaniards were the first Europeans who arrived to the coasts of South America. The first indigenous people they found had vague news of the great chibcha nation, which lived hundreds of miles to the South. He spoke of it as of a prosperous Empire, whose inhabitants were wealthy, wise and skilled in the arts of peace and war. There knew the newcomers that the King of the Chibchas covered the body with gold powder and then immersed in the waters of a sacred Lake, which, in addition there throwing gold jewelry and his vassals did the same. From there came the name of El Dorado. As the news as to where was situated the chibcha Empire, did not know Spanish or other Europeans who heard about the Mystic Lake and el Rey Dorado were very vague, in which precise direction they had go to find that so rich people and that lagoon where an invaluable treasure, accumulated there over the course of the centuries was found. Many and very bold explorers departed in all directions, the intricate, above forests through extremely high chains of mountains, along rivers and valleys, endless opening passage with weapons through wild and hostile, tribes in search of the land of El Dorado: that is in the nature of men trampling by all danger and put them breast most arduous enterprises when the thirst of gold leads them.

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