East to the Amazon: In Search of Great Paititi and the Trade Routes of the Ancients

East to the Amazon: In Search of Great Paititi and the Trade Routes of the Ancients

by John Blashford-Snell, Richard Snailham

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Overview

In May 2001 John Blashford-Snell and his team set off through the dense rain forest of Bolivia in search of Great Paititi, the mythical land the Spanish conquistadors called El Dorado and the secret of its trade routes to the old world. Their quest led them on a perilous river journey across the heart of South America aboard the reed boat Kota Mama III to the mouth of the Amazon. Riding 500 kilometres of hair-raising rapids, they demonstrated how the ancient peoples of Paititi could have travelled as they did.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719565045
Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgementsix
Mapsxi
Prologue1
1.Setting the Goals5
2.Reconnaissance18
3.Into the Field30
4.To 'Worry Conker'41
5.Meanwhile, Back at Fort Mogg51
6.To the Rio Tulani56
7.Going Back Down66
8.Guanay to Rurrenabaque78
9.Rapid Work90
10.Lost and Found109
11.Pots and Smoking Maria119
12.Some Madeira, My Dear136
13.Between the Banks148
14.Developments on the Amazon158
15.The Anaconda Moment176
16.A Bumpy Finish189
17.New York, New York197
18.Aftermath202
Epilogue210
Dramatis Personae218
Patrons and Supporters223
Bibliography227
Index230

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