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The creature in the map : a journey to El Dorado

Author: Charles Nicholl
Publisher: New York : William Morrow and Comapny, Inc., [1995] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"A highly readable and authoritative account of Walter Raleigh's failed expedition up the Orinoco river to find the fabled El Dorado in mid-1595. Based largely on first-hand accounts such as the Raleigh's own The Discoverie of Guiana, Francis Sparry's testimony, and the author's retracing of Raleigh's route, the book not only recounts the expedition itself but also explicates the cultural myth of El Dorado that  Read more...
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Nicholl, Charles.
Creature in the map.
New York : W. Morrow and Co., [1996], ©1995
(OCoLC)681061804
Named Person: Walter Raleigh, Sir; Charles Nicholl; Charles Nicholl; Walter Raleigh, Sir
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Nicholl
ISBN: 0688146007 9780688146009
OCLC Number: 32821896
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 1995 by Jonathan Cape"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 398 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. The Guiana voyage. 1. Mapping El Dorado ; 2. Ralegh's America ; 3. A gentleman of Spain ; 4. Love and exile ; 5. Preparations ; 6. The crew ; 7. Atlantic crossing ; 8. Trinidad --
pt. 2. The entrada. 9. The Gulf of Sadness ; 10. The Delta ; 11. Tivitivas ; 12. The medicine man ; 13. The Guiana Bend ; 14. Dark eyes ; 15. Lords of the borders ; 16. Downtown Orinoco --
pt. 3. The new Dorado. 17. Gold rush ; 18. Jimmy Angel ; 19. Canaima ; 20. Meeting Laime ; 21. Welcome to El Dorado --
pt. 4. The return. 22. Downriver ; 23. Home ; 24. Ordinary prizes ; 25. Balsam of Guiana ; 26. A golden world ; 27. On Red Cross River ; 28. The shut palace --
Epilogue --
Appendixes. 1. The Sparry papers ; 2. Ralegh's chart ; 3. The fleet --
Notes --
Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Charles Nicholl.

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"A highly readable and authoritative account of Walter Raleigh's failed expedition up the Orinoco river to find the fabled El Dorado in mid-1595. Based largely on first-hand accounts such as the Raleigh's own The Discoverie of Guiana, Francis Sparry's testimony, and the author's retracing of Raleigh's route, the book not only recounts the expedition itself but also explicates the cultural myth of El Dorado that animated explorers and conquerors like Raleigh and the Spaniard Antonio de Berrío"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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