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The Lost City of Z and the Mysterious Disappearance of Percy Fawcett

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By Bryan Hilliard


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Peter Harrap's picture

I have a good copy I treasure of “Exploration Fawcett” by the man himself edited from his diaries by his son Brian. It is my favourite travel book, and can enlarge enormously upon your feel for the guy, who was quite extra-ordinary.

He was a far greater explorer than were Scott or Amundsen, because he surveyed entire areas that his expeditions mapped for the first time. How he survived as long as he did is a miracle.

The number of accounts of how they died is huge, as are the number of bones claimed as theirs (some examined by the Royal Anthropological Institute in London and not his), but you need to read this account even to gain an inkling of how much work he did there, and now they are finding old towns overgrown by jungle everywhere he looked!!


How he survived as long as he did was no miracle. He did it with the help of the indigenous peoples of that region, as did the ungrateful white europeans here in the USA, many of whose descendents, who read only history written by their own kind, if indeed they read anything at all, prefer to see as a "miracle", as apparently do you, Peter Harrap.

Tsurugi's picture

This descendant of ungrateful white Europeans would be thrilled to read other histories. You've got history books written by Amazonian and North American tribes?? That's amazing.

If you get a chance, you might want to look up the definition of the word "indigenous"--you know, since most of the North American tribes have traditions saying they came here from somewhere else.
Take your time though. It must be tiring, carrying that giant chip on your shoulder everywhere you go.

Pathetic statement coming from a guy living in the US poo pooing on an Englishman traveling what is today still an extremely dangerous area of the Amazon. Of course he used indigenous peoples, he would be an idiot if he didn't. The "miracle" is the fact you don't understand what a saying means to the reader. Instead you ignorantly keyed onto the word miracle as if he really meant it was mystery as to how he survived so long by himself... It's not like this was Fawcett's first time to the rodeo and if you read his accounts you would understand there were other opportunities for his untimely death. Keep hating Americans even though you live with them troll.

Please read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for a good collection of stories from the North American Indian point of view.


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