Book DetailAuthor: Peter O. Koch Publisher: McFarland ISBN: 1476684871 Category : History Languages : en Pages : 254
This book traces the origin of the legend of El Dorado and the various expeditions that set out to locate that mysterious land of untold wealth in South America. Motivated by both fanciful rumors of a golden city ruled by a man who coated himself daily with gold dust, and the more practical allure of a region abundant in cinnamon trees (a spice that was worth its weight in gold to Europeans), many conquistadors convinced themselves that another native empire awaited their conquest. These quests for fortune and glory would lead to an encounter with fierce female warriors who were believed to be the Amazons of ancient Greek lore, and the discovery of the mighty river later named for the legendary Amazon tribe. The first half of this book details the lesser-known accounts of German interest in locating the wealth of a golden kingdom called Xerira and an elusive passage at Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo which supposedly led to the Pacific Ocean. The second section focuses on the various Spanish efforts to discover El Dorado, each of which was eventually doomed to despair, disappointment, and death.
Book DetailAuthor: Captain Eugene Ray Martin Publisher: Page Publishing Inc ISBN: 164027877X Category : Fiction Languages : en Pages : 392
President Roosevelt in 1941 sent the twenty-seven-year-old battleship Texas and her mini task force on an important mission to an American territory. Not to protect that territory, but to salvage their wealth before the Japanese can obtain that wealth and use it to build more weapons of war. Their primary goal was to avoid frightening or threating the Japanese, thus giving the Japanese an excuse to start a war. At that time the Japanese were rattling their sabers. The Americans