Now said daughter, Dahut, was known for being a pagan party animal. One night, she had a few too many and, seduced by a charming fellow who happened to be the devil, snatched the key from her sleeping father’s neck and opened the gate. Just about everyone died in the flood. The king somehow managed to get on his horse and swept up his beloved daughter to escape before realizing, hey wait, SHE was the problem -- and he pushed her in the water. Eventually, Gradlon gave up his pagan ways and converted to Christianity.
The Seven Cities of Gold
Rumored location: Sonoran Desert, Arizona
The legend: Four shipwrecked survivors of the doomed, 16th-century Narváez expedition were eventually found by their people, the Spanish, in what is now Mexico. They had heard stories from natives of a land of immense wealth hundreds of miles north, in what is now Arizona. This is what it took to make anyone want to hang out in Arizona. The legend might be anchored in old Portuguese tales of seven cities of riches built by Catholic missionaries 800 years prior.