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Published June 28th 2021
A time of explorations
The Lost City of Z, the movie was released in 2017, written and directed by James Gray. Photo from tomholland.fandom.com/wiki/The_Lost_City_of_Z
Fawcett made seven expeditions between 1906 and 1924 and after finding some shards of pottery and fragments of a statue, he developed the idea of an ancient rich and civilized city, with many people, which he named Z.
A scene from the movie The lost City of Z. Photo from twitter.com/lostcityofz
Director James Gray was determined to shoot in remote parts of the Amazon jungle in order to replicate the isolation and the perils faced by explorer Percy Fawcett and his party. The actors Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland all came face to face with deadly reptiles and spiders. Photo from twitter.com/AmazonStudios/status/1239664040751673344/photo/4
Percy Harrison Fawcett in 1911. Photo from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Fawcett Photo from
In 1907, at the age of 41, James Murray was part of the Nimrod Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton. Murray was in charge of the base camp. In 1913, he co-wrote a book about the expedition, titled Antarctic Days, with George Edward Marston (1882–1940), a fellow member of the expedition.
In 1911, aged 46, Murray joined the explorers Percy Fawcett, Henry Costin and Henry Manley to explore and chart the jungle in the region of the Peru-Bolivian border. Murray, unaccustomed to the rigours of the tropical regions, performed poorly. Eventually, Fawcett diverted the expedition to get Murray out, such was his condition.
James Murray with Adélie Penguin chick (Nimrod-Expedition). Photo fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Murray_(biologist)