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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Chapter 16

By David Grann

Chapter 16

The Locked Box

  • Grann travels to Rio de Janeiro to look at one last manuscript, which he considers "the Holy Grail for Fawcett freaks" (16.7).
  • With the help of a bilingual librarian, Grann translates the piece of cloth-like parchment from Portuguese to English.
  • A Portuguese man in search of gold says he found the ruins of an ancient city.
  • What does this have to do with Fawcett?
  • Well, at the bottom of the manuscript are several diagrams, and they match the symbols Grann saw in Fawcett's diaries.
  • Fawcett must have read this document, too.