Percy Fawcett
Lt. Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett (18 August 1867in or after
Death in absentia
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 1925) was a British artillery officer
Royal Artillery
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, archaeologist
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 and South American
South America
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Exploration is the act of searching or traveling around a terrain for the purpose of discovery of resources or information. Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans...


Along with his eldest son, Fawcett disappeared under unknown circumstances in 1925 during an expedition to find "Z
Lost City of Z
The Lost City of Z is the name given by Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, a British surveyor, to a city that he thought existed in the jungle of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil...

" – his name for what he believed to be an ancient
Ancient history
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 lost city
Lost city
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 in the uncharted jungle
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s of Brazil
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. John Hemming
John Hemming (explorer)
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, the Canadian explorer and historian of the Brazilian Indians, declared Fawcett a “Nietzschean explorer” spouting “eugenic gibberish”, although the writer David Grann
David Grann
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 also believes that Fawcett exhibited enlightened traits.
Percy Fawcett was born on 18 August 1867 in Torquay
Torquay is a town in the unitary authority area of Torbay and ceremonial county of Devon, England. It lies south of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, north-east of Plymouth and adjoins the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay. Torquay’s population of 63,998 during the...

, Devon, England to Edward Boyd Fawcett and Myra Elizabeth (nee Macdougall).
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