How does Voltaire portray El Dorado, how does it differ from eighteenth-century Europe, and what are the religious beliefs of the people?

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El Dorado, in Voltaire's famous Candide, is the legendary shining city of splendor. When Candide and Cacambo accidentally stumble into this magnificent city in the middle of their journeys, they are in for a surprise. Voltaire clearly uses it as a foil for his interpretation of eighteenth-century Europe: he has nothing but good things to say about El Dorado, while he couldn't be more disparaging toward Europe.

The city of El Dorado is a utopia of pristine perfection—the city's streets are lined with precious stones, the people are all rational and intelligent (the one place in this book where this is true),...

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