"The book is part of the world’s romance. But its details are precise and true. It catches part of the New World at that moment between unseeing brutality of the discovery and conquest and the later brutality of colonization. It was the swiftly passing moment when romance could be apprehended. But the book was written by a man with much to hide, a courtier whose gifts never extended to the action the code of his court required; and in the details of action it is, fatally, imprecise."
- V.S. Naipaul in The Loss of El Dorado describing The Discovery of the Large, Rich and Beautiful Empire Of Guiana by Sir Walter Raleigh