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The curly bristles of his beard conceal a terrible scar. "Christ, negro, you're lucky! A dog got you. If it had been a jaguar, you wouldn't be standing here. " The slave Page 29 frowns and answers with a grunt. "Lucky you're with me, too. I've been down this road to the coast and back to Quetzaltenango three times. In four or five days, I'll show you where the run away slaves, the cimarrones, live," he adds, pointing east. "They'll make a bandit out of you. You're young and ready for anything. A five-day walk from here.
Could he know something about Eldorado? No, if he did, he would not have asked to be taken home. Could Eldorado exist? Maybe, but finding it was not a task for John Hawkins, sailor, privateer, and merchant with agents in Tenerife and on the Barbary Coast, owner of shares in the Merchant Adventurer, married to the daughter of the royal navy's treasurer, and associate of the queen and of London's most powerful investors. No sir, the chimera of Eldorado was rather for cavaliers like Fitzwilliam, or poor devils like Barrett or Drake.
Lucky you're with me, too. I've been down this road to the coast and back to Quetzaltenango three times. In four or five days, I'll show you where the run away slaves, the cimarrones, live," he adds, pointing east. "They'll make a bandit out of you. You're young and ready for anything. A five-day walk from here. " The slave, his filed teeth shining in a broad grin, raises his hand to his chest and nods in assent. "But you'd better get rid of those weapons," the Indian says, trying to take the crossbow away from the slave.