Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lost, Forgotten, or Fictional Places--Z is for the Lost City of Z

You've probably figured out by now that my A to Z is going to be more of a "have you thought about this place recently" kind of thing. I'm just musing aloud from a to zed. Feel free to muse right along with me!

is for The Lost City of Z

Percy Fawcett
The Lost City of Z is the name given by Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British surveyor, to an indigenous city that he believed had existed in the jungle of Brazil. Fawcett theorized that a complex civilization once existed there and that isolated ruins may have survived.

Fawcett found a document known as Manuscript 512 [pt], held at the National Library of Brazil, believed to have been written by Portuguese bandeirante João da Silva Guimarães. Da Silva wrote that, during 1753, he discovered the ruins of an ancient city that contained arches, a statue and a temple with hieroglyphics. He described the city ruins in great detail without giving its location.

Fawcett intended to pursue finding this city. He was preparing an expedition to find "Z" when World War I broke out and the British government suspended its support. Fawcett returned to Britain and served on the Western Front during the war. In 1920 Fawcett undertook a personal expedition to find the city but withdrew after suffering from fever and having to shoot his pack animal. On a second expedition five years later Fawcett, his son Jack, and Jack's friend Raleigh Rimell disappeared in the Mato Grosso jungle. (from Wikipedia)

Artist rendition of the Lost City of Z (Earth Chronicles News)

Calakmul Mayan Ruins, Yucatan
Whew! Made it! How did you do this year?

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  1. I wonder if anyone will ever find it?
    Congratulations on completing the Challenge.

  2. Since it's likely that civilizations rose and fell in the time before our current era, I bet the city actually is there. Although, not much might be left of it.

  3. Congratulations on reaching Z! You've featured lots of great places, but this one was new to me. Thanks for sharing!
    Black and White: Z is for Ziz

  4. Congrats. Great post and fantastic research! Fascinating. I love the artist rendition.

  5. Fascinating! It would be neat if a city such as that was discovered in Brazil/on the Amazon. Most of the ancient cities of the Americas have been from Mexico to Peru; you rarely hear of any in Brazil.

  6. What a great fascinating piece of history/archaeology.

  7. That was really good. looks like you took some time off after z as well.