is recorded that an Inca nobleman told Sebastian
Benalcazar, who was one of Pizzarros
henchmen, ‘that all the gold collected for Atahulapa’s release ‘was
but an ear of corn from a great harvest field of such gold’. Is it
hidden in underground places? This is the rumor. (See
The Conquistador Sebastian Benalcazar is probably responsible for the start of the search for El Dorado, he certainly claimed this.
It is recorded that an Inca nobleman told Benalcazar
who was one of Fransico Pizzarro’s henchmen, ‘that all the gold collected for Atahulapa’s release ‘was but an ear of corn from a great harvest field of such gold’.
Other stories tell that upon hearing of Atahualpas murder, his Queen, bringing more gold, dwarfing that already delivered, gave instructions for it to be hidden in secret locations (caves?). Inca General Rumiñahui took a large share of the ransom he had been collecting for the Kings release and disappeared in the remote mountainous region of Ecuador: called the Llanganati.
I would like to believe that this anonymous Inca nobleman calculated his remark in the full knowledge and understanding of the condition of certain human types and characteristics (they have not changed). That he made his remark to this Conquistador murdering savage knowing that the quest would destroy him; a calculated revenge.
With hindsight we can see from the distance of history that he received an ignominious end. Also the search and greed for gold drove most of the conquistadors to an unhappy end. Benalcazar fell out with Pizzarro who wanted him hung, and his end came after he executed the leader of a province he claimed as his own, he himself was convicted of an unlawful killing. Whilst going to an appeal in Cartagena he died of fever.
It may well be that there is no secret horde of gold, there was never an El Dorado and the tale is revenge upon those that seek it motivated by greed. Or there may be gold? Safely hidden to emerge from hiding when the Quechua nation is once again restored?