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Percy Fawcett, The Real Indiana Jones
Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867 – presumably 1925) was a British archaeologist and explorer who, along with his son, disappeared under unknown circumstances in 1925 during an expedition to find what he believed to be an ancient lost city in the uncharted jungles of Brazil.
Fawcett was born 1867 in Devon, England. In 1886 he received a commission in the Royal Artillery and served in Trincomalee, Ceylon where he also met his wife. Later he worked for the British secret service in North Africa and learned the surveyor's craft. He was also a friend of authors H. Rider Haggard and Arthur Conan Doyle; the latter used his stories as an inspiration for his Lost World.
The best source for information on Fawcett is a fascinating article in the New Yorker from September 19, 2005. Go down to your friendly local public library and make yourself a smudgey copy!
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