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Did Alfred Isaac Middleton really discover a mysterious lost city in Sumatran jungles?

The search for the missing city of Dawleetoo and the casket of gold, and the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Isaac Middleton.

There have been rumours floating around in various online communities about a mysterious figure by the name of Alfred Isaac Middleton. This man is said to have been an extraordinary explorer from the late 1800s who vanished in the jungles of Sumatra while searching for the ruins of a city known as Dawleetoo.

British explorer Alfred Isaac Midleton scoured the farthest corners of the world in search of zoological, botanical and archaeological wonders at the end of the 19th century. A few newly discovered photos help shed light on some incredible discoveries during a series of then-unknown missions, in the regions of Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Amazon rainforest.

According to a Smithsonian Magazine report, a former assistant of Arthur Conan Doyle, a friend of the explorer Sir John Morris, had a collection of documents about this man, and one of them revealed the explorer’s incredible story.

A copy of an email from a British consulate was sent to Doyle’s assistant, mentioning a lost cache of documents and a possible expedition by a Mr. Alfred Isaac Middleton, a contemporary of one Edward Allen Oxford. Did the two know each other?

Middleton was an explorer who was hunting for a forgotten city called Dawleetoo, which was rumoured to be on the route to a lake called Lop Nur, according to Doyle’s former assistant. It has been hypothesised that Middleton became disoriented and lost in that area. The email also mentioned a treasure that Middleton was said to have gathered and buried in a casket.

Evidentially, we don’t know much about Middleton’s account other than these photos above that have been circulating on the internet for a while.

Yes, some of these fascinating images might be not related to the actual event but the story of Alfred Isaac Middleton and the lost city of Dawleetoo could be of true origin.

A man by the name of John Hargreaves was said to be the second in command on the mission, and he led another team of people into the jungle to recover the treasure. In the end, what became of Middleton’s expedition is unknown.

The image is an 18th century artistic depiction of the lost city of Dawleetoo, based on local Sumatran folklore.

Many mainstream historians have suggested the stories of Alfred Isaac Middleton to be a mere hoax and that Middleton’s mission to find Dawleetoo never took place; but many theorists are so convinced that the expedition was real, but that Middleton went missing and never returned.

Did Alfred Middleton really discover a mythical city lost in time? If so, to what mysterious civilization this city belonged? And what actually happened to Middleton, did he really get lost in the jungles of Sumatra, or did he never come back on purpose?