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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2008 11:20 p.m. PST

I had never heard of this guy until now. Very interesting career . . .

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They definitely had some exotic ideas about past civilizations in those days. Here's a photo of a weird statuette Fawcett claimed he had found in a South American city:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2008 11:33 p.m. PST

He apparently found some oddities out there in the jungles . . .

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2008 11:44 p.m. PST

This sounds exotic . . . "a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon-the City of Z-":

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WOW. Get ready people . . .

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Mick A Inactive Member20 Jul 2008 1:25 a.m. PST

Really good stuff, cheers. I can see a couple of scenarios coming out of all that…
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Frothers Did It Anyway Inactive Member20 Jul 2008 1:40 a.m. PST

Quite a chap! Thanks for that, I'd never heard of him before. His being played bt Brad Pitt is surely a wonder the equal of his archaeological finds!

mattblackgod20 Jul 2008 5:35 a.m. PST

Nice stuff – cheers CC

iceaxe Inactive Member20 Jul 2008 5:43 a.m. PST

You have reminded me of another book on my shelf I haven't read, 'Exploration Fawcett'; Percy's history compiled by his son from his notes, journals, etc. The book is from 1953 & has photos & maps. $10 USD in a bargain bin somewhere!

I had heard of him, he is well known in exploration for that part of the world. I did grab the book with some games in mind, fact invariably being more entertaining than fiction & all.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2008 6:25 a.m. PST

His disappearence is pretty well known and often used by the 'mysterious world' fraternity.

Warrenss2 Inactive Member20 Jul 2008 6:42 a.m. PST

I wonder why Lord Greystoke didn't make an attempt to find this guy?

Roderick Robertson Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Jul 2008 8:20 a.m. PST

'Cause Greystoke visits South America only rarely. Now if he'd been lost in Africa, Greystoke would have found him easily.

DeanMoto20 Jul 2008 8:29 a.m. PST

I think he was mentioned on a recent "Monster Quest" – the one about giant snakes. Until then, I hadn't heard of him either – very, very interesting character.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jul 2008 8:43 a.m. PST

Wow…never heard of this guy, but it's screaming PULP scenario…*sigh*…like I have time to paint the figs I already have…and wait…get more figs that I need……damn…damn you all…

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2008 9:33 p.m. PST

Here's another cool summary of his life and adventures . . .

catchpenny.org/fawcett.html

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Servo3000 Inactive Member21 Jul 2008 11:43 a.m. PST

"Brazilian Adventure," by Peter (brother of Ian) Fleming is a highly recommended non-fiction work of one of the many expeditions which went looking for Fawcett. Funny, but not very much action and no lost cities or exotic white queens, darn it all.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2008 9:00 p.m. PST

About his battle tactics . . .

blogs.forteana.org/node/29

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2008 11:52 p.m. PST

If one was to make a lost city terrain board for him to discover . . .

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2008 12:15 a.m. PST

Hey everyone, look at this . . . about a city called Gran Vilaya (also Kuelap, Cuelap), in Peru:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2008 12:44 a.m. PST

Odd how the geometric pattern in Kuelap resembles that of the Great Zimbabwe ruins:

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PS. No, I don't see a connection (in case you were wondering). :)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2008 8:38 p.m. PST

Progress of the film ("Lost City of Z") based on the Colonel's explorations:

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Possible city found:

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Weird stuff:

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Theironduke Inactive Member25 Dec 2008 8:18 p.m. PST

My grandfather met Fawcett in Brazil in 1906 and wrote about the meeting in a letter to his sister which I have in my possession. He mentioned the upcoming expedition and his desire (My grandfather was about 33 at the time)to have travelled with him. I have an early edition of "Exploration Fawcett", published in 1953 which belonged to my mother. An extremely interesting character.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2008 8:51 p.m. PST

Wow. Interesting story, TheIronDuke!

Do you know if that book mentions anything about the giant snakes Fawcett was told were out there?

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Or about the Diplodocus tracks he purportedly found during his 1907 expedition?

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Theironduke Inactive Member28 Dec 2008 12:04 p.m. PST

HI, Cacique Caribe. I just got back from a post Christmas trip. I will get the book out and see what he says about it. The front cover may give it away …. it shows Fawcett in a boat taking a pot shot at a giant snake draped across the river!!!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2008 10:34 p.m. PST

Iron Duke,

Please do let me know what you find!

Thanks.

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Servo3000 Inactive Member08 Jan 2009 12:16 p.m. PST

His journals, collected and edited by his son, are great reading. Very lively style; I was expecting something more "stiff upper lip" but they are fast moving. I'm about halfway through now. Lots of snakes, insects, jungle critters, hostile tribes, not to mention rumors of "white indians," lost cities, giant anacondas, and mysterious cold lights. "Lost Trails, Lost Cities" is one title used. Also, "Exploration Fawcett."
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2009 5:40 p.m. PST

I must get a copy!

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