9 things you should know about Percy Fawcett and the Lost City Z

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9 things you should know about Percy Fawcett and the Lost City Z

South America is a region that hosted many important civilizations, the secrets of which are not fully elucidated even today. For this reason, it is home to many structures, artifacts, and treasures from ancient civilizations that will leave modern people in awe. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that the area is interesting to almost all archaeologists. But archaeologists aren’t the only enthusiasts when it comes to South America! Adventurers, travelers, treasure hunters, thieves… Many people who wanted to discover the treasures or mysteries of ancient civilizations that appeared thousands of years ago have come across the unusual geography of South America. One of these people, and perhaps the most famous, was the adventurer Percy Fawcett.

British adventurer, soldier and cartographer Percy Fawcett spent many years in the picturesque jungles of South America. The stories he heard from locals, read from old books, his boundless imagination, and finally some historical artifacts he found in the lush jungles of South America made the British adventurer believe that a city he had never seen existed! Fawcett named this lost city “Z”. After several failed attempts, in 1925 he embarked on a journey into the virgin jungles of South America to discover the secrets and treasures of the lost city. However, the lost city was never discovered, and Faust never returned from his adventure! Here are 9 things you need to know about famous traveler Percy Fawcett and the lost city Z that was never found…

1. Born in England in 1867, Percy Fawcett joined the British Army at a young age

At only nineteen years old, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Royal Army. During his military career, he has been to many different geographies, mainly in North Africa, Malta, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. Therefore, his military days were instrumental in Fawcett’s transformation into a “passionate adventurer”…

2. Fawcett has worked in the vast jungles of South America for nearly 20 years

During this time, he mapped previously unexplored forests in South America for the Royal Geographical Society.

3. His involvement with indigenous communities in South America led to the idea of ​​Lost City Z

Indeed, Fawcett, like many Europeans, initially viewed South Americans as “savages”. However, his long-term work in the region caused him to change his ideas about the people of the region.

Moreover, he had heard very interesting stories from the locals about the ancient civilizations in the area. It was during this period that his belief in the existence of a city lost for hundreds of years deep in the Amazon jungle appeared for the first time. And the tangible evidence he would obtain in the future would cause the Lost City to be investigated and named “Z” by Fawcett.

4. Percy Fawcett found a document from 1753 that said “an ancient city was found” in the Amazon jungle

Percy Fawcett

In the manuscript, which is in the National Library of Brazil, it is written that a group of Portuguese explorers discovered an unusual city in the depths of the Amazon jungle. What was written in this historical document was almost identical to the stories told by the locals. This is why Fawcett’s belief in a lost city deep in the Amazon grew stronger.

5. In 1920, he embarked on a journey to find the lost city in ancient novels and documents.

Confident in his adventurous spirit and his military merits, Fawcett embarked on this arduous journey alone. However, this trip did not go well for the English adventurer. Therefore, he had to cut short his journey and return to civilization. However, this first reconnaissance attempt would certainly not be described as a “failure”. Fawcett has found some easily identifiable artifacts from ancient civilizations in the Amazon jungle. He was sure that the city that was the subject of ancient stories wasn’t just a legend! He named the city Z and began planning a new discovery adventure…

6. Fawcett became a laughing stock in England as he sought resources to explore the Lost City of Z.

Archaeologists and other experts in England did not believe in Z’s existence, despite ancient manuscripts, local tales, and artefacts that Fawcett found in the Amazon jungle. Moreover, they derided the eager adventurer as a lunatic “seeking a false paradise”. Therefore, Fawcett’s search for financial resources for the new expedition was unsuccessful. However, he did not intend to stop, but rather find the source he was looking for in 1925 in London.

7. In 1925, he set off again to explore Z City.

Percy Fawcett

Fawcett was given the financial support he needed to explore the lost city. So, this time around, he took his son Jack and his friend Raleigh Rimmel with him. The discovery journey of 3 adventurers began in June 1925. Fawcett wrote his last known letter on May 29, 1925. He wrote that he was planning to move to an unprecedented area of ​​the Amazon jungle …

No news has been received from Fawcett and his associates after this date. Adventurers never returned from the depths of the Amazon jungle. Lost City Z has never been discovered…

8. What “happened” to Fawcett and his team remains a mystery

Percy Fawcett

A few years after the adventurers disappeared, some of their belongings were found. But what really happened to Fossett and his team has not been revealed. Some have suggested that the caravan got lost in the woods and died of starvation. According to some, they were massacred by the natives living in the jungle!

9. The Lost City of Z Might Really Exist!

Percy Fawcett

Some time after the disappearance of the British adventurer Fawcett and his team in 1925, scientists discovered an ancient settlement in the Amazon jungle called “Kohikogo”. This ancient settlement, spread over a very large area, hidden deep in the forest since the 16th century, is ‘hidden’ by the jungle.

Moreover, the structures in this new city were very similar to those described in the stories of the aborigines! Today, some scholars believe that the artifacts that Fawcett found in the Amazon jungle may also belong to this settlement. However, there are also those who believe that the city at the Kuhikugu site is Lost City Z…

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