CANDIDE, Chapter 18: What They Saw In the Land of Eldorado

Candide and his faithful valet and interpreter, Cacambo, arrive at the land of the Incas, and meet an old man who tells them about its history:

The Spaniards gained some confused knowledge of this country; they called it El Dorado; and an Englishman named Lord Raleigh even came near it about a hundred years ago; but since we are surrounded by inaccessible rocks and precipices, we have up to now always been sheltered from the rapacity of the nations of Europe, who have an inconceivable rage for the pebbles and mud of our land, and who would kill us all to the last man to get some.

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