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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Chapter 15

By David Grann

Chapter 15

El Dorado

  • Fawcett is obsessed with El Dorado, a mythical city of gold.
  • The rumors of El Dorado date back to the 1500s.
  • One particularly nasty conquistador—which is like saying "one particularly narcissistic Kardashian—named Gonzalo Pizarro slaughtered entire tribes in his quest to find El Dorado.
  • In 1617, Walter Raleigh thought he was on the trail of El Dorado, but he failed to find it.
  • Fawcett researches El Dorado as much as he can, reading accounts of these conquistadors and playing Uncharted on the PS3.
  • There is no El Dorado, but Fawcett wonders where these ancient people of the past have gone…at least the ones not murdered by white explorers.