Story Behind the Myth The story of Percy Fawcett has been told many different ways since he went missing in 1925. After his disappearance, their were dozens of search parties sent out, but none of them could track down the experienced explorer. His legend died down and didn't come back to life until 2005, when David Grann released his non-fiction book The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. Since then there have been dozens of new findings about his travels through the amazon thanks to family artifacts and Indian tribes living in the Amazon. Grann sparked interest in the mind of America about the city and now it's gaining popularity. Soon the city will be as well known as Atlantis, Lemuria, and El Dorado. The Lost City of Z has been an ongoing mystery for nearly 100 years, Percy Fawcett's original journey and the details of this lost city are still in debate today.
Fawcett Summarizes Story Author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, summarizes his story of his journey through the Amazon.
Location and Natives At this time in history, the Amazon Jungle was essentially the last explored land on Earth. The area was considered to be too extreme to live in, putting even more interest on Fawcett when he ventured into the jungle. However, Bakairi Indians have recently been discovered in the Amazon, thus proving the area possible to live in.
Following the Footsteps adventuretravelnews.com/searching-for-z-col-percy-fawcett-a-filmmaker-goes-in-search-of-the-original-indiana-jones Niall McCann set out to follow the footsteps of Percy Fawcett. McCann had direct family connections to Fawcett and had new known information of his journeys. Such as Fawcett's roadmap used that originally gave him the idea to hunt for the city, "Like Fawcett, we began our South American journey in Rio De Janeiro seeking out a 250 year old manuscript; this was a treasure map written by Portuguese fortune-hunters which revealed a fantastic jungle city in the Amazon: a document which Fawcett would use as a road-map." McCann also had an upper hand to previous explorers as he had Fawcett's personal journal which gave details of the trails he took. He also found the last people to see Fawcett alive, the Bakairi Indians based in the Amazon. McCann has a first hand experience of the dangers that Fawcett encountered such as the bees, robbers, and alligators; "This is definitely not Disneyland or a Caribbean cruise!," said McCann. This young explorer had made it further down Fawcett's tracks than ever before. He made it to a sacred waterfall known as Dead Horse Camp, Fawcett's last known location. McCann's journey and artifacts used gives evidence that Fawcett's trip into the Amazon did actually happen and gives more information on his last where a bouts. The article is intended for readers who have prior knowledge of the lost city. McCann, like Grann, traveled through the Amazon personally to bring Fawcett's journey to life.
El Dorado or The Lost City of Z? The famous El Dorado, city of gold, is often compared to the Lost city of Z. Some believe these cities are one in the same despite their differences in description. El Dorado is said to be a city made almost entirely of gold, whereas the Lost City of Z is described to only contain advanced mechanics, roads, and bridges.
The Dispute nytimes.com/2009/03/01/books/review/Cohen-t.html?_r=0 The New York Times tells how Fawcett first got interested in treasure hunting when he was fighting in World War One and he was given a piece of paper that informed him about an enormous treasure. Although he never found that particular treasure, he began his craze for treasure hunting. The article suggests that the Lost City of Z is actually the same as El Dorado without the pseudoscience behind it, and explained that no one knew why Fawcett called it Z. If this is true, then there is a lot more information about Z and what the city contains. The article was intended to spike interest in the city and to make a claim that it is the same as El Dorado. The credibility of the newspaper immediately makes skeptics believe the story, regardless if it is true. toptenz.net/top-10-lost-cities.php List of the "top ten" lost cities which explains that the Lost City of Z was most likely Kuhikugu, an advanced city in terms of engineering and fortifications. Also, the article lists The Lost City of Z separately from El Dorado, proving there is speculation that these cities are not one in the same. This article is intended for young reader's entertainment and a starting point for research. The information is written from a neutral standpoint on its existence, and states the possibility of its discovery.
Spiritual Journey? theguardian.com/uk/2004/mar/21/research.brazil A different hypothesis of what Fawcett was doing searching through the amazon. This article by Vanessa Thorpe in The Guardian, a british newspaper, explains how Fawcett was not looking for the Lost City of Z, but rather to follow a spiritual journey. There is speculation that Fawcett wanted to start a private colony in the Amazon after following a female spiritual guide that still haunts his family today. This new theory that Vanessa Thorpe believes to be true goes against most other current opinions of Fawcett. Thorpe does not say where she found her evidence, making her argument not as strong as others who have facts and arguments backing their theories.
Capital of Atlantis! fawcettadventure.com/1925-fawcett-expedition.html Gives insight that the Lost City of Z could be the capital of the lost city of Atlantis or maybe a part of the fabled El Dorado. Ben Hammot researched the account from 1743 which spoke a lot about gold and silver surrounding the city along with ancient literature carved into stone and old abandoned mine shafts. Hammot takes a different stance on the city than most others, he is the only one who believes it could be the capital of Atlantis and that the city contained some amount of gold. The short article is meant to summarize his published book. By the layout of the website, Hammot seems to have been directing his book toward young adults as an adventure story.
Fawcett is the Messiah? seanmcewen.hubpages.com/hub/El-Dorado-discovered-The-Lost-City-of-Z# Sean McEwen goes throughout he entire story of Fawcett and the lost city. He believes much of the same information as Grann and McCann. However, he agrees with The New York Times article stating that the city was the same as El Dorado. He also takes his own opinion in believing that Fawcett may have became a messiah type figure behind the religion of inhabitants of Z. The article backs all of the points with facts and tells of how Grann may have found the city. McEwen went to great lengths to justify his story as fact. His article is intended for people researching the lost city in depth and looking for more knowledge.
Percy Fawcett=Indiana Jones? http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2009-02-23-lost-city-of-z_N.htm USA Today researched the origin of Indiana Jones and believes the original source of the archeologist/explorer was from Colonel Percy Fawcett. They tell how one of the first Indiana Jones books was about him searching through the Amazon Jungle in search of Fawcett, and even finding him. Although, there is no actual evidence of the British explorer ever being discovered.
Interest in the lost city
Since the release of David Grann's best seller, the Lost City of Z has been America's new adventurous mystery story. Movies and video games are being made today to recreate Percy Fawcett's journey through the Amazon. Since no one knows what actually happened to Fawcett after he disappeared in the jungle, it leaves the success of his journey up for debate, making the topic of Z all the more interesting.
Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch are slated to roll in the upcoming movie The Lost City of Z. The movie has a lot of anticipation as no movie has been made before around the journey of Colonel Percy Fawcett. The details used in the movie will surely be the new standard of what people believe about the lost city, for example, whether they refer to it as El Dorado and if they "discover" the city in the movie then its appearence will be the new basis.
Has the City Been Discovered? urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/02/10-lost-cities-and-mythical-civilisations-of-the-ancient-world/ Declares that the Lost City of Z was not searched for for gold or riches, but rather simply for its advanced civilization. It was though to have had an advanced network of roads and bridges. Thanks to google Earth, their is some speculation that this city actually existed. This article was made for entertainment and a source of information for readers interested in the lost cities of the world. The author does not confirm that the city has been found, but he does believe his information justifies Fawcett's story.
http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2010/11/amazonian-geoglyphs.html#.Up9b6pHnklJ Using Google Earth, geographers have discovered ruins of civilization dating back over 700 years. This is exciting news for those in the hunt of the lost city as prestigious geographers believe this could, in fact, be it. These explorers first found one precise circle only visible from above, after that the ruins began to reveal themselves across 3,900 square miles. The geologists found that city is far larger than they had previously believed; this area, thought to be deserted, was actually home to one of the largest civilizations at the time.
Questions Unanswered Fawcett's journey and the details of the Lost City of Z are still under debate today, but thanks to David Grann, another one of Earth's lost treasures have been brought to light. The decision is not unanimous on what Percy Fawcett's actual intentions were when he ventured into the deadly Amazon jungle with his son and his friend. The controversy over what the city is still split between being the fabled El Dorado or being the advanced civilization containing no gold. Overall, the entirety of the story is left unanswered and leaves the facts in the hands of readers to judge.