What makes El Dorado such a utopia?

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In Chapter XVII of Voltaire's famous satire, Candide and his servant Cacambo, in desperate straits, reach Eldorado where they are amazed at the riches, as well as the cultivation of the country for both utility and aesthetic pleasure.  As they enter a village, the two men notice children playing quoits happily, using balls of gold and precious gems as carelessly as if they were stones.  At a resplendent house, they smell delicious cooking and hear delightful music.  When Cacambo approaches the house and hears his native tongue spoken, he tells Candide that he will be his interpreter.  They are graciously invited to have dinner...

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