Quesada & El Dorado

Jiménez de Quesada was a friend of Pizarro.  In 1536 he went looking for “El Dorado”—the golden man.  El Dorado was supposed to be an Indian ruler who was believed to dust himself every day with gold after taking a bath.  In 1536 Quesada took 600 infantry, 100 horses, and six ships to conquer the Chibcha (people of El Dorado).  By 1538 he conquered them and built the city of Bogotá, Colombia.  He found some gold, and emeralds, but not El Dorado.  Just recently (I believe 1998) a lake was discovered that may have been source of the legend.  Indians used to make offerings of gold there.