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The Resource Cities of gold : legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth, Bill Yenne ; with drawings by the author

Cities of gold : legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth, Bill Yenne ; with drawings by the author

Label
Cities of gold : legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth
Title
Cities of gold
Title remainder
legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth
Statement of responsibility
Bill Yenne ; with drawings by the author
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The exploration for real and mythical treasures in the Americas"--Jacket
  • "For half a millennium, stories of vast treasures--El Dorado, Ciudad de los Césares, Sierra del Plata, and the Seven Cities of Cibola--have been part of the lore of the Americas. Long before the Spanish set foot in the New World, myths and rumors of fabulous wealth in distant lands had entered the European popular imagination. Claims of mysterious realms in Africa and Asia had been alive in castles and seaport taverns for centuries. Accounts of these astonishing places, such as the kingdom of Prester John, were told and retold so often that they were assumed to be true. When explorers first made contact with the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations, they found cultures that were literally dripping with gold. This evidence made it easy to believe the native stories of even greater wealth just beyond the horizon. In these unchartered lands, European dreamers sought their fortunes, such as Francisco de Coronado, who ranged over North American deserts and plains in search of the elusive Cibola, and Gonzalo Pizarro, younger brother of the man who conquered the Incas, who desperately followed the shadowy trail leading to El Dorado. In 'Cities of Gold: Legendary Kindgoms, Quixotic Quests, and Fantastic New World Wealth', Bill Yenne takes the reader from the jungles and mountains of Peru, Paraguay, and Venezuela to the deserts and peaks of Mexico and the United States to tell the extraordinary story of how the search for mysterious New World cities fueled the exploration of an unknown hemisphere for hundreds of years. Even without finding the places they sought, during Spain's "Siglo de Oro" in the sixteenth century, the Spanish plundered and mined thousands of tons of New World gold and silver and shipped it home where the reserves alone reached a staggering estimate of two trillion dollars. And it was not just the Spanish who were obsessed with gold: Sir Walter Raleigh made two voyages in search of Manoa, a golden city he was convinced was deep in the rainforests of Guyana. Discussing the many expeditions to find New World riches over a 500-year timeline, the author includes stories of lesser-known explorers and soldiers of fortune and explains how their quests changed the history of Europe and the New World. Throughout, the author demonstrates that the insatiable lust for treasure continues to dazzle the modern fortune hunter."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
UKMGB
Dewey number
980.01
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • GR940
  • E121
LC item number
  • .Y46 2012
  • .Y46 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Cities of gold : legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth, Bill Yenne ; with drawings by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"On the trail to El Dorado, Manoa, Paititi, the Seven Cities of Cibola, and the mysterious Quivira, and beyond"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-308) and index
Control code
5623491
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 319 p.
Isbn
9781594161445
Isbn Type
(trade)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn757931753
  • (OCoLC)757931753
Label
Cities of gold : legendary kingdoms, quixotic quests, and the search for fantastic new world wealth, Bill Yenne ; with drawings by the author
Publication
Note
"On the trail to El Dorado, Manoa, Paititi, the Seven Cities of Cibola, and the mysterious Quivira, and beyond"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-308) and index
Control code
5623491
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 319 p.
Isbn
9781594161445
Isbn Type
(trade)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn757931753
  • (OCoLC)757931753

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