Valverde's Gold

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Pan Macmillan UK, Sep 1, 2004 - History - 368 pages
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As a ransom for his King, an Incan general leaves a hoard of gold for the Spanish Conquistador Pizzaro. In mysterious circumstances the gold disappears - leaving only its legend, and a map, behind.

Armed with a Victorian botanist's map, Mark Honigsbaum embarks on an epic journey into the dark heart of South America.

This is the story of how gold can intoxicate even the most mild-mannered of historians, about how characters - both real and fictional - become seized with the desire to claim lost treasure from even the most inhospitable areas of the world. On his quest he meets a bizarre array of treasure hunters, profiteers and traffickers, all with an unquenchable thirst for the hoard that has eluded man for centuries.

Valverde's Gold is an unforgettable journey into greed, obsession and legend.

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Valverde's gold: in search of the last great Inca treasure

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British journalist/historian Honigsbaum (The Fever Trail ) presents an intricate, intriguing account of a lost treasure of gold--the ransom, according to legend, demanded in 1532 by the Spanish for ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Mark Honigsbaum is a journalist, writer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Formerly Chief Reporter of The Observer, he has contributed articles for most British national newspapers and has made several documentaries for television. When he isn't travelling in South America he lives in London with his wife and two children.

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