Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

My Own Private El Dorado: The Strange History of a South American Legend

March 26th, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Latin American Library Gallery
4th floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University

Join the Latin American Library in welcoming an exhibit gallery talk by Dr. Kris Lane, the France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University, titled My Own Private El Dorado: The Strange History of a South American Legend on Tuesday, March 26, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

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.

South America + People
Mauro Porto
Associate Professor - Communication