Lost City of Z

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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. Another mysterious city is referenced in a document known as Manuscript 512, housed at the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, believed to be by Portuguese bandeirante João da Silva Guimarães (pt) who wrote that he'd visited the city in 1753. The city is described in great detail without providing a specific location. Fawcett allegedly heard about this city in the early 1900s and went to Rio de Janeiro to learn more, and came across the earlier report. He was about to go in search of the city when World War I intervened. In 1925, Fawcett, his son Jack, and Raleigh Rimell disappeared in the Mato Grosso while searching for Z with the final destination the 1753 city in the province of Bahia.

Although the search for the lost city of Z was made in the Mato Grosso, the secondary goal was the 1753 city in Bahia province Manuscript 512 was written after explorations made in the sertão of the province of Bahia, see Fawcett's own book "Exploration Fawcett".

David Grann's New Yorker article "The Lost City of Z" (2005) was expanded into a book The Lost City of Z (2009). A film based on the book is set to be released in 2016.[1]

Possible influences on Fawcett[edit]

There is a possibility that legends regarding the archaeological complex at Kuhikugu influenced the British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett to attempt his last expedition in 1925 for the City of Z.[2] It was later discovered that Kuhikugu did exist, and contained twenty towns and villages where close to 50,000 people had once lived.

See also[edit]


  • Fawcett, Percy and Brian Fawcett. - Lost Trails, Lost Cities Funk & Wagnalls (1953)
  • Furneaux, Rupert. The World's Strangest Mysteries. Ace Books. New York. 1961.
  • The Guardian: Veil lifts on jungle mystery of the colonel who vanished. 21 March 2004, URL accessed 19 May 2007.
  • Smith, Warren. Lost Cities of the Ancients-Unearthed!. Zebra Books. New York. 1976.
  • Time: Fawcett of the Mato Grosso. 25 May 1953, URL accessed 18 May 2007.


  1. ^ "James Gray's 'The Lost City Of Z' Starts Shooting, Marvel's Spider-Man Tom Holland Joins The Cast". Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Grann, David. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. New York: Doubleday Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-0-385-51353-1

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