Summary Of The Lost City Of Z By Percy Fawcett

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Blank spots on a map leave even the most uninterested curious; calling them in ways most would not understand. Unexplored lands and oceans inspire thousands to venture into the unknown, no matter the level of experience. Those who feel the pull cannot ignore it and would give up everything just to feel the thrill of the adventure. Percy Harrison Fawcett, born on the 18th of August of 1867, was one of those who had felt the pull and just could not resist. Fawcett took on the Amazon, specifically El Dorado, the city of gold. Close to nothing was known about the Amazon before he went in. Percy Fawcett was one of the greatest explorers the world has ever seen. To be a good explorer one must have confidence, passion, and courage. In the book, “Lost City of Z”, author, David Grann, continuously presents examples of Fawcett being a great explorer by possessing these traits. In 1925, Percy Fawcett sets out to the Amazon to find El Dorado and though he does not return, he gets far enough in such a way that we as the readers can truly understand what makes a good explorer. For the duration of the novel, through Grann, Fawcett proves how confidence (such as his own), is a necessary trait for a successful explorer to have. For example, Nina Fawcett, Percy Fawcett’s wife, told the Royal Geographical Society about Fawcett’s faith in himself and his own skill set. Nina states, “Major Fawcett contemplated cutting through 100 miles of forest… in a month” (123). Especially without the

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