Fawcett still alive?”
Rightists and Leninists love that caricature,” says Edmund Fawcett about liberals.
Before Boris and Jo Johnson became MPs and minsters, there was Sir Henry Fawcett – Britain’s first blind MP.
Fawcett didn’t hesitate.
Fawcett wrote, “It is just conceivable this may be Z.”
It was not far from where Fawcett had reportedly last been seen.
Colonel Fawcett is stated to have been six feet, one and a half inches tall.
At the time, many Brazilians had assumed that Fawcett was searching for gold.
Fawcett sent his Brazilian helpers back to Cuiabá, along with many of the animals.
In the nineteen-sixties, several religious cults began worshipping Fawcett as a kind of god.
Before long, the search for Fawcett began to attract a new kind of explorer: spiritualists and occultists.
We passed close to where Fawcett had stayed with Galvão, and we decided to see if we could find the infamous ranch.
In 1901, Fawcett, hoping to become an explorer himself, enrolled at the Royal Geographical Society to study surveying and mapmaking.
Lynch’s research made him feel certain that Fawcett, unlike so many of his predecessors, was not a soldier of fortune or a crackpot.
One of the men lay down and begged Fawcett to leave him, but Fawcett insisted, “If we’ve got to die, we’ll die walking.”
Fawcett, he went on, may have been an amateur, but, in some ways, he was able to see things more clearly than many professional scholars.
One day, as the explorers approached the Manso River, some forty miles north of Cuiabá, the two younger men became separated from Fawcett.
When he vanished, Fawcett and his party had been trying to uncover a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon, which Fawcett had named, simply, the City of Z.
The Kalapalo insisted that Fawcett had been murdered because he had not brought any gifts and had slapped a young Kalapalo boy, yet Fawcett was known for his gentle behavior in the jungle.
Pinage asked me what I knew, and I told him that Brian Fawcett, who was nineteen when his father disappeared, had tightly guarded Fawcett’s private papers; in 1953, he published some of them in a book, “Exploration Fawcett,” which contained one of the few clues to his father’s final course.
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