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Did you know that the myth of El Dorado originated from the search for the country of ‘the gilt man’?

After the conquest of the Aztec kingdom in 1519, some Spaniards remained behind in Quito (Ecuador). They heard from an Indian tribe that a wealthy ruler lived in the region who had his body covered in gold dust every morning and washing it off every evening by diving into the river. The European explorers promptly set off in quest for this gold. However, their forays yielded nothing. They never found the land of the ‘gilt man’, El Dorado.

If you would like to know more about gold in America and the first Spanish explorers, visit the National Bank’s museum before 27 August.

The third piece of the tapestry puzzle will appear on 15 June.