Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ciudad Blanca - 'White City' of Gold

The legend of the fabulous lost city of Ciudad Blanca - the 'White City' of Gold was first recorded by Hernan Cortes who, after destroying the Aztec, came in 1526 came to the town of Trujillo, on the north coast of Honduras.

In 1544, Bishop Cristobol de Pedraza, the Bishop of Honduras, wrote a letter to the King of Spain describing an arduous trip to the edge of the Mosquito Coast jungles. He tells of looking east from a mountaintop into unexplored territory, where he saw a large city in one of the river valleys that cut through the Mosquito Coast.

His guides, he wrote, assured him that the nobles there ate from plates of pure Gold.
In June 2012, a team of scientists using advanced laser mapping detailed a remote region of Honduras that may be the legendary lost city.

Flying over the Mosquitia region in a small plane shooting billions of laser pulses at the ground, they created a 3D digital map of the topology beneath the jungle canopy.
Ciudad Blanca has played a central role in Central American mythology. Text's cite it as the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl and previous reported sightings over the years have described golden idols and elaborately carved white stones, leading to the lost city's name.

No positive confirmation of the existence of the city has yet been provided. If confirmed, the discovery of Ciudad Blanca would be comparable to forgotten sites such as Machu Picchu, which lay ruined for hundreds of years until reintroduced to western eyes in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham.