The Search for El Dorado

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  • Creator PBS
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : PBS, [2001] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2019. ©2001
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (1 video file (55 min., 55 sec)) : sound, color


  • In this program, Michael Wood travels back to 1541, when a rumor swept through Quito in Ecuador, claiming that beyond the mountains there lay a land richer than Mexico, or even Peru—a land of pure gold. As the story was told, the ruler of this land, “the golden man”, was so rich that he covered himself with gold dust every day and washed it off every evening. In March 1541, Francisco de Orellana marched eastwards with more than 200 Spanish troops and thousands of native servants in search of El Dorado. As portrayed in this film, it was a remarkable journey, resulting in the first known navigation of the length of the Amazon River. Part of the series Conquistadors. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (60 minutes)


  • Originally released by PBS, 2001.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on January 28, 2019.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Trujillo, Spain (4:08); Searching for "El Dorado" (3:48); Deaths From Starvation (3:42); First Landmark (2:52); Completing the Mountain Crossing (3:01); Expedition Splits (2:34); First Europeans in Amazonian Interior (5:05); "New Conquistadors" (4:26); Land of Cinnamon (4:14); Amazon River (5:07); Traveling the Amazon (4:26); Reaching Brazilian Frontier (3:37); Arrival at Manaus (6:22); Credits: The Search for El Dorado (1:00)
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