The Secret of El Dorado

In 1542, the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco de Orellana ventured along the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon Basin’s great rivers. Hunting a hidden city of gold, his expedition found a network of farms, villages and even huge walled cities. At least that is what he told an eager audience on his return to Spain.

The prospect of gold drew others to explore the region, but none could find the people of whom the first Conquistadors had spoken. The missionaries who followed a century later reported finding just isolated tribes of hunter-gatherers. Orellana’s story seemed to be no more than a fanciful myth.
When scientists came to weigh up the credibility of Orellana’s words, they reached the same conclusion. As productive as the rainforest may appear, the soil it stands in is unsuited to farming. It is established belief that all early civilisations have agriculture at their hearts.

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  • http://mccorklebryan.com Bryan McCorkle

    What that lady is thinking about though, is their still could have been civilization in the Amazon. The agriculture needed for civilization to take off could have been done in central america and used for both the amazon and Inca population. Alot of these scientists dont give ancient American Indians enought credit. They don’t think they are capable of trade and communication for some reason.

  • http://mccorklebryan.com Bryan McCorkle

    I believe pre-historic people had settlements into the thousands. I think we have started to gather together since we became modern humans. We had alot of experience hunting and gathering before we evolved into modern homo-sapiens so it is a possible theory.

  • http://www.twitter.com/920ray Rayzamar Jirau

    Interesting allegations. Still for me the fact lingers. Central America is told to hold many uncovered treasures, some that are in question. There is a fact in all of this mystery though, one of the most admirable things they have is paradisaical views! Could there be of it? Would there be any other treasure than what they see? In my opinion, there always is.

  • craigob

    the jungle, can be and is fertile, and is proven that very large settlements have been there, the reason why it was fertile in 1500s is because the people then were clearly smarter and came up wit a method similiar to the slash and burn method the use today,but the only let the trees burn until the were charcoal this helped fertilize thr soil and also protected the goodness bein washed away by the rains,,,,,,

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