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The Final Journey of Captain Harrison Forsythe
The Final Journey of Captain Harrison Forsythe

In January of 1898, renowned British explorer Captain Harrison Forsythe left his wife and daughter for what he described as "the expedition of a lifetime," a journey into the depths of the Amazon basin to find the Lost City of Zed. Forsythe claimed to have evidence proving the existence of an ancient city built by the descendants of King Solomon, said to have settled in the South American jungles millennia ago. Like the mythical city El Dorado, Zed was rumored to have streets paved with gold and statues of immense artistry and value.

 

Follow his journey on the map:

0. RIO DE JANEIRO. On February 6 1898, Forsythe arrived in Brazil. Within a week he was on his way inland via the railroad to Sao Paulo, then by river, westward.

1. COIMBRA. In Coimbra, he hired two companions to travel with him, Gerald Moore and Percy Sheldon. He then continued north via the river Cuiba.

2. CUIBA. Here Forsythe stopped for several weeks gathering supplies and hiring local guides and bearers. He purchased horses, camping gear, food and medical supplies, as well as guns and ammunition. In April, he began the journey into the interior.

3. RANCHO SIERRA DO NASCENTES. A week later, they stayed the night with a local rancher before continuing their journey. Forsythe described this in his journal as "the last civilized place we will see before we locate Zed."

4. BACAIRI OUTPOST. The Bacairi Outpost was a Dutch Trading Post that bought and sold goods to and from the local Indian tribes. The party stopped here for several days before moving on.

5. DEAD HORSE CAMP. Here, on a previous expedition, Forsythe was forced to put his horse down. In 1898, this marked the farthest point a white man had traveled into the Mato Grosso.

6. RIO DAS MORTES. The last traces of the Forsythe party were found here in 1901. Tattered tents, a canteen and a rusted rifle were located but no trace of the men themselves were found.

A. PONTA DE LIMA. It was approximately here that Dutch missionary Franz van Lith discovered the journal and shrunken head of Harrison Forsythe in a deserted Indian village. Upon returning to civilization, he notified the Royal Geographic Society, entrusting them to notify Elizabeth Forsythe, Captain Forsythe's daughter and only surviving relation.

B. CITY OF ZED. According to his journal, this was the approximate location of Forsythe's lost city. Later exploration uncovered no evidence that it ever existed.

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