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IN Travel & Adventure ON 02 Jun, 2015
Do you think treasures and treasure hunts are things of fantasy? Do you feel that the real world has no place for such things? If so, then prepare to be shown how wrong you are! Check out these real-life treasures, and keep your eyes open, for who knows, you might just stumble upon one of these, one lucky day!
Over a span of four years, from 1712 to 1715, Spain assembled one of the richest fleets to venture into the oceans. Eleven ships were loaded with silver, gold, pearls, etc. and the estimated wealth riding on the ships is about $2 billion, by today's money value. The ships were to leave from Cuba for the mainland. They decided to start the journey just before the hurricane season, hoping that the fear of hurricanes will keep off pirates and privateers. But the plan backfired, and it proved to be a mistake. In mere six days, all the ships reached the floor of the sea, and with they lost all wealth. Till today, only seven ships have been located and the treasures recovered. However,one ship with almost all the wealth in it – the San Miguel – is still missing, and so is all the treasure!
A man named Forrest Fenn left all his valuables hidden somewhere on this Earth just before he died. Fenn held an intense fascination for ancient artifacts, and had collected a whole lot of them during the time he lived. His fascination had risen when at the age of nine, he had found an arrowhead near his home. He grew up to become a pilot, and regularly went to Pompeii to look for more artifacts. Over the years, he collected a treasure worth $1-3 millions! When he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and he knew he didn't have much time left, he decided to hide his beloved valuables, and gave out clues as to where he had hidden them.
The Spanish have probably lost most of their wealth to the sea! In 1622, the Spanish galleon Senora de Atocha, which was carrying precious materials worth $700 million, met with a hurricane, and sank to the bottom, somewhere off the coast of Key West. Although most of the lost treasure has already been found. A lot from $500 million. But a large portion of the treasure still needs to be located and is somewhere on the ocean floor.
One could say that Butch Cassidy is the most notable outlaw of the Wild West. He was such an influential one at that, that he'd even created a gang named the Wild Bunch. These notorious robbers traveled and robbed whomever they felt like. Soon the law was hot on their trail, and if the legends are to be believed, the Wild Bunch actually buried $20,000 just before they were taken down. Now that's one treasure, huh?
Now this one is a surprising tale, but believable, though just barely! According to popular say, there is a ship buried in the Mojave Desert, and in it is a treasure of pearls worth millions of dollars! As obvious as it is, this ship would have been forgotten by now, had it not been for the pearls in it. As the story goes, this ship, probably Spanish, again, was caught in a huge tide that threw it all the way into the desert – 160 kilometers from the Pacific shore. With time, the ship got covered up in sand and dirt, and its weight sank it into the sands.
Ever heard of a real-life treasure hunt game? Well, this is one: In 1993, a man going by the alias of Max Valentin hid a golden owl somewhere in France. He declared a reward for any man who managed to find the owl worth one million francs. He gave out eleven clues, and that gave rise to some really crazy treasure hunts. Till date no one has found the owl. Although there have been many doubts about the actual existence of the owl. Mr. Valentin had gone on record to state that there is one. However, sadly, Max Valentin is no more, and the owl is nowhere to be found. Forget the treasure!
Jean LaFitte and his brother Pierre were French pirates who looted merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico and sold off whatever they'd gotten their hands on, in the many ports they owned. It is said they were some fearsome pirates, who were extremely skilled in their job – so skilled that they actually had to bury some of the immense wealth they had made. Stories say that the treasure is somewhere in Lake Borgne, buried and kept well hidden.
Experts say that a huge treasure lies somewhere in the Far West, and the story of how the treasure got there is as follows: When Captain Grant Marsh was in-charge of the Far West, he used to supply General George Custer in his fight against the Indians. But, he lost the fight, and the Captain had to bring back injured men. The problem was that there were too many injured men to be brought back to safety, and the only way was to bring them back by a steamboat via the Bighorn River. But the weight of the people would be so much that the boat would sink. So what was the way out? This: Captain Grant Marsh left the $375,000 worth of gold bars on the shores of the Bighorn River so as to reduce weight. And the gold is probably still there, waiting to be dug back up!
This is the story of another rich outlaw: John Dillinger. He was one infamous outlaw, and had the FBI hot on his trail. Story has it that he was hanging out with his outlaw pals when he was ambushed by the FBI, and it was just after making his escape from there that he decided to bury $200,000 in hopes of coming back to retrieve it. But, two months later, he was shot dead, and there lies his money, waiting for someone to go get it!
This is probably one of the most dangerous treasure hunts! History says that in the last few months of the Second World War, the Nazis began to sink large containers into Lake Toplitz. Many expeditions have been held there, and a lot of German material has been recovered. But, if the ones spreading the rumors are to be believed, the lake has, hidden within it, a wealthy German treasure. However, the obstacle to recovering it is that the lake is full of sunken logs that make it risky for divers to go in, because the logs can crush a man to death. These have hindered expeditions, and the treasure has not yet been found.
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