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"My Own Private El Dorado" Gallery Talk with Kris Lane

Uptown Campus


Howard-Tilton Memorial Library


4th floor, LAL Gallery

The Latin American Library presents…
My Own Private El Dorado: The Strange History of a South American Legend
An Exhibition Gallery Talk by
Kris Lane
France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History
Tuesday, March 26
3-4 p.m.
The Latin American Library Gallery
4th floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Few myths have had the staying power of El Dorado, the legendary gilded cacique thought to lord over a "lost" golden kingdom somewhere deep in the heart of South America.  What do we know of the sources of this legend?  Who spread it, what were the consequences, and how did its variations grow so wild and fantastic? Last, why did it prove so durable even with the advent of Enlightenment science and skepticism? Historical narratives and maps, many on display in The Latin American Library's superb exhibit Amazônia Ocupada, may be implicated.

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