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article of the day: El Dorado


El Dorado

El Dorado—Spanish for “the gilded man”—is the fabled city of gold and jewels believed by the 16th-century Spanish and other Europeans to exist somewhere in South America. The legend supposedly originated from the Chibcha people of Colombia, who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he then ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake, casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. Who were some of the explorers who searched for El Dorado, and where did they look? More… Discuss

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This Day in History: Ecuador Gains Independence from Gran Colombia (1830)


Ecuador Gains Independence from Gran Colombia (1830)

Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, Ecuador was controlled by the Inca empire. Francisco Pizarro‘s subordinate, Benalcázar, entered the area in 1533. Not finding the wealth of the mythical El Dorado, he and other conquistadors moved restlessly on, and the region became a colonial backwater. Ecuador remained under Spanish control until 1822, when it was joined to Gran Colombia. With the dissolution of that union in 1830, Ecuador gained its independence. Why is 1859 called the “Terrible Year”? More… Discuss

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El Dorado Park _Nature lives here_digital Oil (my photo Collection)


El Dorado Park _Nature lives here_digital Oil

El Dorado Park _Nature lives here_digital Oil (my photo collection)

El Dorado Park _Nature lives here (my photo collection)


El Dorado Park _Nature lives here

El Dorado Park _Nature lives here (my photo collection)

Great Gray Heron at El Dorado Park (my photographic memoirs)


Great Gray Heron at El Dorado Park  (my photographic memoirs)

Great Gray Heron at El Dorado Park (my photographic memoirs)

Of Cherry Tree Flowers and Bees (El Dorado Park)


Of Cherry Tree Flowers and Bees (El Dorado Park)

Of Cherry Tree Flowers and Bees (El Dorado Park)