The Road to El Dorado

Factual error: Hernando Cortes is featured as the main background villain. Only thing about his appearance: according to the history books, he never actually ventured into South America to do any conquests; his actions were limited to Cuba, Mexico and California.

Factual error: The real El Dorado (Spanish for "the gilded one") civilization was in South America. Specifically, El Dorado is a legend coming from the Muisca people of Colombia. The art scheme of the film is Mayan, a Central American civilization, as are the names of the Indian characters. The ball game, too, although not restricted to the Mayas, is, culturally speaking, Central American (and more specifically, and technically, Meso-American). In addition, the Mayan architectural elements found in the movie are typical of the Mayan culture of the Classic Period (c. 250-900 C.E.), roughly 600 years before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Continuity mistake: When Cortes comes to the El Dorado island, he sees that Miguel and Tulio's footprints lead directly from the boat to the jungle. But this is not what happened. Miguel and Tulio arrived to the island, bumped into two skeletons, ran back to the boat, walked around the beach for a while, and THEN went into the jungle. This is what the footprints should have shown.

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Tulio: Any last words?
Miguel: I will cut you to ribbons.
Tulio: Fool! Such mediocrity! Let your sword do the talking.
Miguel: I will, it will be loquacious to a fault.

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Trivia: Just before the Gods Speaker finds the picture of the jaguar in the book, you see a picture of someone fishing off a crescent moon: the Dreamworks logo

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Question: When Miguel is watching Tulio and the girl talking, he walks off looking annoyed. I didn't quite hear what Tulio was saying to the girl so I don't understand why Miguel was so upset. Can anyone help?

Answer: Miguel had just told Chief Tanni how loyal Tulio and he were to each other. Then he overheard Tulio saying to Chel that he wanted to go to Spain with her, ONLY with her "Forget Miguel." That's why Miguel was so upset, because Tulio excluded him from his plans and his life.

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