In September 2007, in the mountains of Nevada lost plane of the famous traveler and record holder Steve Fossett. He set 116 records on the sea and in the air for the first time in the world circled the Earth in a balloon and made a non-stop flight around the world by plane. Won 400 mountain peaks. The purpose of the last flight of Steve Fossett was Finding a flat area for setting speed records on land.

Today, few people know that he had a predecessor — Percival Fawcett, also a famous traveler, who lived at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Were they relatives or namesakes — God knows, but the fact that they were cousins in spirit, it is — no doubt. Only Percival Fawcett was engaged not a record, but a search for Atlantis. Like Steve Fossett, he too lost in his last expedition in the jungles of South America.

The expedition leaves the jungle

In April 1925, in the wild jungles of the Brazilian province of Mato Grosso has left the expedition of Colonel P. H.Fosseta. Its composition was only three people — myself Fawcett, his son Jack and cinematographer R. Raymel. Expedition did not return, and her quest to nothing lead. The aim of the expedition is to search for the lost in the wilds of Brazil's ghost towns — the remnants of the world's oldest civilization, and perhaps most of Atlantis! That was his main purpose of life and its purpose. The fact is that in Central America, ghost towns are, and in South America — no.

Colonel Percival Fawcett was not a cheerleader, or a newcomer to the jungle. He began his service in Ceylon, in 1893, he found a carved on rocks mysterious letters, unlike to any known alphabet. So there was his interest in the ancient world, which is even stronger when it is on the instructions of the Royal Geographical Society held demarcation between Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Paraguay in the years 1906-1911. Works were carried out often where on the maps was white spots and untouched white man. Fascinated by the researcher carefully collected and recorded Native American legends of lost cities and treasures worked in the archives of South American capitals.

Dead in the wilds of the Amazon

"Investigation of the internal spaces of the continent began shortly after the expedition of Columbus. Inland, sent many units of land pirates — bandeyristas.

"Wandering through the impenetrable forests Amazon and Orinoco bandeyristy sometimes found not gold, but abandoned by unknown and when built ghost towns. So, in 1841, at the Public Library of Rio de Janeiro was a report of a found treasure hunters, nameless a native of the state of Minas Gerais. In 1743, he was among a small detachment of the Portuguese and 300 Indians, went in search of the legendary silver mines. They wandered in the green hell of the rainforest for 10 years! And all to no avail. already decided to go to urban areas and stop the search when their unit came to an unfamiliar mountain range. Continue the path lay through the gorge, which was the ancient pavement, and in the valley lay the majestic dead city.

The entrance to it was framed by three arches, built of huge slabs. Above the central arch was carved some letters. Next he opened the street with two-story houses, and then the square, the center of which stood a huge stone pillar, and on it a statue of a young man. One hand rested on his thigh, and the other points to the north. One of the magnificent buildings with wide steps, obviously, was the palace. Everywhere adventurers met intricate stone carvings, reliefs, sculptures, murals, and secret messages. From the city remained only the central portion, and the rest lay in ruins

Another indication of the presence of the lost city in the jungle is the commandant of the fort Iguatemi report about detected by his people in 1773, dead in the woods near the town of Río Pecker. He had the right plan, stood on both sides of the river and was surrounded by a wall and a moat. Local Indians even knew its ancient name — ghayr, and claimed that it was built in ancient times, white people.

The Lost Expedition

Archival research, direct communication with the savages in topographic expeditions convinced Fossett in the reality of these messages and led him to the creation of the original theory. He believed that South America originally consisted of several islands, one of which was Brazil. Over time, the island came together, and there is now the plains were once sea passages. Came from the north white settlers established on the continent of ancient civilizations, dating back thousands of years 50-60. White aliens have been associated with the ancient cultures of Egypt, the Near East, and Atlantis. Gradually, this ancient civilization degenerated, and frequent earthquakes accelerated destruction of the city. They were abandoned, and the population took to the woods. These were mysterious white Indians, rumors about the existence of which is often reached Percival Fossett.

Thus, the well-prepared to travel the jungles and armed with his theory Fossett took several small expeditions inland. Surely he had to find something, because, in his letters to London, he said that now knows the location of the dead city, mentioned in the report in 1753.

Expedition Percival Fossett disappeared in the jungle in 1925. Then he began to reach conduct that he was with his companions captured by Indians, and even became their leader. The colonel's wife — Nina Fawcett — until the day she believed that her husband and son are alive and always come back. In 1933, in an area where Fossett disappeared group, was found quite a teodolitovy his compass. And in 1934, the hacienda, from which Fawcett left the road and returned the dog, which he took with him to guard the camp. However, the search for the missing have been numerous expeditions nothing. Fearing persecution by the robbers miners, Fossett nobody called his route and warned that his journey may last 2-3 years. Therefore the search started too late, and where to look, it was not known.

Thus ended the career of one of the tireless researchers in South America, the erased many blind spots with its card. None work on the geography of the continent does not go without mentioning his name. Merit Fossett have been highly appreciated by governments in many Latin American countries. Following the stories of Fossett in conversations with him, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his famous "The Lost World" by entering it into the story by the name of Professor Challenger.

Did he find the lost city — the dream of his life, or died before reaching that probably will not know anybody. However, a search of the lost city in the jungles of Brazil should continue, and there, perhaps, will be found traces of Fossett — outstanding geographer and romance.

Michael Pazin

Category: Mystery stories

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