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THE LOST TREASURE OF
AGRIHAN ISLAND

Where is the lost treasure of Agrihan Island?

In 1817 there was a Scotsman by the name of Roberton. He was a pirate who worked for the Chileans in the fight against the Spanish. He was known not only for his ghastly sight, which was of average height and shocking red hair, he was also known for his cruel and torturous ways. A couple of years later, a bandit known as Benavides appeared and began to stir up real trouble. Roberton took as his prisoner a friend of the bandit and demanded to know where Benavides was. Remembering Roberton’s reputation, the friend told him where the bandit was hiding.

Robertson gathered up an army of men and went to catch Benavides by surprise. While Roberton and his army were successful in capturing all of Benavides’ men, Benavides himself escaped. Roberton first extracted further information from these men and then proceeded to hang all sixty of them. The information he retrieved from them before their deaths was that they knew of gold that was buried on an island just off the coast of Chile. The island was called Mocha. Roberton took his brother and some other faithful followers and moved to the island. One day while they were returning from Valdivia, they ran into trouble and all but Roberton drowned. Roberton had no desire to live on Mocha without his men and so he joined the Peruvian Island. He never gave another thought to the buried treasure that was never found on Mocha Island.

    
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While fighting against Lima, he was captured and taken prisoner by them. They soon let him go and he returned to Peru where he met Teresa Mendez. Teresa was a young woman of 21. She had been married once before and had lost her first husband at sea. She was almost as wealthy as she was beautiful and had many admirers but she really only ever paid attention to the ones that had wealth and came from an upstanding background. Roberton was not wealthy and his family was small and unknown. But he was desperately in love with her and persisted in his attempts to persuade her to love him too. His pleas were always met with a laugh until one day she told him that if he could promise her a life of wealth and luxury, she would marry him. Nobody believed that she would fulfill her end of the promise.
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It was during the same time that the ship Peruana was docked in the harbor. One night during a meeting between the officers, Lieutenant Vieyra laughed and suggested that Roberton rob the ship, which held over two million pieces of gold. Then he could take the treasure and show it to Teresa to win her love. That same night Roberton collected a few men who were mostly British. The Peruana did not have very good security and so it was easy to attack the few guards and sail away with the ship and the treasure she held. When morning came, there was no sign of either.
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Roberton took his men to Tahiti. He knew however that they could not stay for although they had many hours on their opponent, people would come looking for them. He and two most trusted followers, George and William, agreed. The rest of his crew did not want to leave Tahiti at first and so Roberton also took aboard fifteen women. The men followed shortly after. While the women may have gotten the men back onto the boat, Roberton knew that it only gave him more people he had to get off. The treasure had always in his mind been for him to share with Teresa. His crew and the women would have no part of it. As he started to sail towards the Mariana Islands, he declared that eight of the crew were trying to take over the ship. He ordered that they be left on a deserted island as punishment and continued on to Agrihan Island.
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Once on the island, Roberton began to slaughter the women. William, who was very good with a weapon, began shooting them. After all of the women were killed, the remaining seven members of Roberton’s crew loaded the treasure onto rowboats and rowed safely to shore. They found a spot located at the bottom of a cliff and began to dig a hole for their treasure. They then placed their treasure in the hole and covered it up, leaving tree branch markings as a sign of where it was buried. They had kept 20,000 gold pieces for extra money along the way and locked the other members of the crew inside the ship. Using one of the rowboats, Roberton and his crew swam to shore and pretended to be shaken about the terrible shipwreck they had just been in. They talked of how they were the only survivors. What they didn’t know was that their ship hadn’t sunk before one man escaped. The other three had starved to death and it had taken him a year to make it back but he was still alive.
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From there, George left the other two to go to Rio de Janeiro. Roberton and William continued to travel together though and wanted to go back to retrieve the treasure they had buried. They began the travel back to Agrihan and stopped in Hobart, Tasmania, where they met Thomson who was a sailor. They quickly convinced Thomson to get a crew together and take the two of them north. After a long night of drinking one evening, William told Thomson the entire story. Not being able to remember the name of the island exactly, Thomson concurred from his description that it must be Agrihan. Not many nights afterward, Thomson was woken up by the sound of William’s screams. Going to check on the problem, Thomson found him murdered. After this, Thomson knew what to expect from Roberton and was very careful around him. However, he was simply not as strong as Roberton and the latter pushed him overboard.
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Although he was near-dead when he was rescued, Thomson was found by a Spanish ship and taken aboard. After telling his rescuers his story, they began to aggressively pursue Roberton. Roberton meanwhile, was sailing to Spain so that he could seek refuge in the mountains and hide for awhile. However, the Spanish found him and took him to Agrihan so that he could tell them where the treasure was. But Roberton would not tell them. Instead, he kept trying to escape.


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They took him back to their ship and using other forms of torture such as whips, demanded that he give them more information. He finally agreed but as they were taking him back to the island to show them, he jumped overboard, with his chains still around his feet. He quickly sank to the bottom and never saw Teresa again. The Spanish continued for some time to find the treasure but always came up empty-handed. It’s thought that the treasure is still on this island today.

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THE AMBER ROOM


Where is the treasure from the Amber Room?


In the early 1700s, a room was constructed that was so magnificent and spectacular that it not only became a wonder of its time, it’s something that still talked about, and hunted for, today. Construction of the Amber Room began in 1701 and combined the efforts of many craftsmen from both Germany and Russia. It was first designed upon the request of Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia. It was ordered to be installed at their home, Charlotttenburg Palace but it would not call the palace its home for very long. Peter the Great came for a visit to the Palace in 1716 and showed great interest and admiration for the room. The king’s eldest son, Friedrich Wilhelm I, then gave it to Peter the Great in a gesture that would form an alliance between Prussia and Russia alliance against Sweden. In 1755 it was moved once again to the Winter Palace, on the orders of Tsarina Elizabeth of Russia, until she then ordered it to be taken to Catherine Palace. Frederick II the Great sent her additional amber for her to fill in additions on the original room and to improve it in some areas. This was only the first of many changes that the room would undergo and once it was completely constructed, the room blanketed over 55 square meters and contained more than six tons of amber.
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When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, the Soviets tried to hide what was now their treasured possession. However, moving it seemed impossible as the amber had greatly dried out over time and broke to pieces when it was handled too aggressively. In an attempt to hide it quickly, they covered the amber with plain wallpaper in hopes that it would fool the Nazi Army. However the Amber Room shone even beneath the wallpaper and German troops quickly found the treasure underneath. When it was found, a number of Nazi troops took the room apart, piece by piece, under the watch of two experts. It took them 36 hours to take the room apart and the pieces were stored in crates, which Rittmeister Graf Solms-Laubach ordered the 27 crates to be taken to Konigsberg, East Persia so that it could be put on display in the town’s castle.
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After Hitler had declared that goods could start being moved, eyewitnesses started to report that they had seen the crates sitting at a railway station, seemingly waiting to be transported somewhere. Other rumors claimed that the crates had been placed on the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, which while en route, was destroyed and sunk by a Soviet submarine. Some also thought the precious pieces had been taken to Weimar, which was going to be the location of a propaganda center.
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What happened to the Amber Room was thereafter to remain a mystery as it would never be seen again. Pieces of the room’s décor have been found but never the actual amber-paneled walls. It is thought that room had remained intact until after the war but the locations of those panels still remain unknown. Some do believe that the room was lost to the number of bombings that had happened in the area, while others believe that it was lost in the Baltic Sea on the ship that was sunk by a submarine. Some think that it might be buried in the mines of the Ore Mountains or in a subterranean bunker in Konigsberg. Many, many searches have been done in hunt of the Amber Room, especially by the Soviets who are keen to find this precious piece of ancestry, but no real evidence of the room’s existence has ever turned up. In 1998, there were two claims of discovery in regards to the Amber Room. One came from a team in Germany who had been searching for the room. They claimed that they had found it in a silver mine. The second team was from Lithuania, who claimed to have found the room in a buried lagoon. The claims went unfounded when both failed to turn up the Amber Room. In 1997 a piece of Italian stone mosaic was discovered in the home of a soldier who had helped dismantle the room originally. This mosaic was known to be part of a set of four that was kept in the room but was not part of the actual room’s structure.
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Although many lost treasure stories spark interest and curiosity as to their current whereabouts and whether or not they are still in existence, in the case of the Amber Room, those who claim that the room was destroyed are usually met with great resistance and in some extreme cases, even anger. The book titled The Amber Room: The Fate of the World’s Greatest Lost Treasure, concludes in saying that the room was most likely destroyed in the fires that ruined Konigsberg Castle. Those that conducted the research for the book were not the only ones of this opinion, as Alexander Brusov, the person who was first in charge of finding the room for the Soviets in 1945, also came to the same conclusion. Brusov issued a statement years later claiming that he believed the room to still be in existence but it’s thought this change of mind came from Soviet authorities, who forced him to issue the statement so that they would not be blamed for the destruction of the room. The rest of the set of the Italian stone mosaics, the other three to complete the set that the soldier had taken, had been found among the remains of the castle after it had been burned and so, this heavily suggests that the room was also destroyed in the fires. It’s thought the Soviets so adamantly argued that the Amber Room was still in existence because they did not want people to know that the Soviets themselves had actually destroyed the important room, which was also a work of art. The existence of the Amber Room was also used as a propaganda tool during the Cold War.
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The most widely believed theory on the Amber Room is that it was in fact, destroyed. According to this theory, the pieces of the room that the Nazi troops had taken during the war were found in the cellars of the palace, which is where the soldiers had taken them after seizing them during the war. It’s believed that the Soviets found these pieces after the war but did not disclose this as they wanted the Germans to continue receiving the blame for losing the pieces of the room. This story seemed to prove to be even truer when access to the castle, the site where it was said that the Amber Room was being held, was made nearly inaccessible by the Soviet government, and that historical digs and archaeological searches were not even permitted there. In the 1960s when the Soviets suddenly blew up the entire site, permanently prohibiting any access to the site, it seemed that this was also to try and hide the fact that the Amber Room was no longer being held there. However, this is not to stop some treasure hunters from that endless search for the room.
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The town of Deutschneudorf, which lies near the Germany-Czech border, claims to hold at least a portion of the room. The site is located in approximately the same spot that held the room while it was still known to be in existence and probe reports have claimed that there is a large amount of gold or silver in the area. The mayor of the town has spoken out publicly about how the town is certain that this discovery is the Amber Room. The discovery was made on February 20, 2008 when electromagnetic pulses were being sent out among the ground and this led to the discovery of an underground 20-ft. man-made cavern, which is thought by some to be where the room is. The site is currently undergoing many studies and surveillance so that it may be investigated further.


The Amber Room

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Where are the Apostles Islands Treasures?

You will hear all kinds of tales of lost treasure associated with the Apostles Islands off the coast of Wisconsin. The Apostle Islands have been rumored to be the hiding place for pirates, French fur traders, hermits, British soldiers and many others. Along the way, many tales have been told about the treasures that can be found. Some have documented proof while others are legends told throughout history.
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Hermit Island is one with such a legend. It is believed that a band of pirates once used Hermit Island for their own hiding place and place to bury their stolen treasures. The truth is that French fur traders in the 1700’s did it fact defeat a band of pirates that were living in a cave on Hermit Island. No treasure was ever found in the cave.
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Frederick Prentice opened a quarry operation on Stockton, Hermit, and Bass Islands in 1868. By 1890, he was a very rich and prosperous man. When he passed away, his fortune was never found. Only a small amount of money was found in his home and he did not have a bank account, therefore, many people believed he buried his fortune near his home on Hermit Island. William Wilson preceded Prentice and upon his death in 1861, the large sum of money, which is estimated to be $90,000, was never found.
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British soldiers are believed to have hidden treasure on several of the Apostle Islands. The treasures include a cache of gold ore and nuggets on Stockton Island and on York Island, an iron box with $12,000 worth of gold coins in 1760.
In 1778, a chest full of silver coins on Sand Island. Along the shoreline of Hermit Island, it is believed that the soldiers buried a chest of gold coins worth $128,000 during an Indian attack.

Where is the lost treasure of the Arizona Indians?

The west was a dangerous and wild place in the 1800’s for settlers and soldiers. Various Indian tribes would attack many of the wagon trains and travelers, some would escape with their lives but much of the valuables were left behind. Others would lose their life and their treasure was either left at the site of the massacre of the Indians would carry it off with them to unknown parts.
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In 1870, soldiers from Fort Tucson came upon a watering hole that was filled with gold nuggets while they were searching for a band of renegade Apaches. Of course, the soldiers wanted to stay at the watering hole and search for more gold, but their commanding officer had other plans. He wanted them to stay on the trail of the Apaches. After a few days, many of the soldiers asked for a discharge, they wanted to search for gold instead of renegade Indians. Every one of them was denied a discharge. Instead of waiting and asking for a discharge a later time, many of these soldiers went AWOL and were found in the desert dead from dehydration. None of the soldiers ever made it back to the watering hole. As far as anyone can tell from the description, the watering hole is between Maricopa Wells and Quijototoa.
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Apache Indians attacked many wagon trains one was a few miles northeast of the stage station at Mountain Springs. After robbing the wagon train the legend, states the Indians buried their stolen goods of gold dust and silver coins in an old Dutch oven behind two rocks at the point of the Winchester Mountains, which is a bit northeast of Wilcox, Arizona.
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Indians attacked a wagon train of Spanish priests that left Mexico on their way to California in an area known as Secret Pass. The priests were carrying with them religious items that included crosses, candlesticks, chalices, which were more than likely made of gold to establish a new mission. It is believed that the Indians hid all the treasure in a cave in Secret Pass. Everyone in the party was killed except for two nuns. The nuns made it back home to Mexico and told of their gruesome tale.

THE LOST TREASURE OF
ARIZONA OUTLAWS


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Where is the lost treasure of Arizona Outlaws?

In 1879, Henry Seymour and his outlaw gang robbed a stagecoach right in front of the Pine Spring Stage Station. The Pine Spring Stage Station was located between Beaverhead Station and Brigham City.

In the robbery, Henry Seymour stole $225,000 in newly minted coins. The coins were in three separate boxes that the outlaws carried into the Stage Station. No one knows the reason the outlaws carried the coins into the station, maybe to retrieve them from the boxes for easy carrying. While they were in the station, a posse arrived with 20 men and the gunfight began. The lawmen stood their ground, as did the outlaws inside. After a long day of each side not giving, the lawmen set fire to the back of the stage station. As the outlaws ran from the burning building there were gun-downed by the lawmen. The posse immediately began the search for the coins, but none was recovered.
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Burton Alvord and Billy Stiles were at one time lawmen; however, they turned into outlaws. In 1899, this pair robbed a Southern Pacific Express Train of $60,000 in gold bullion and coins close by Cochise, Arizona. Outside Cochise about ½ mile, on the old trail between Cochise and Wilcox, they stayed in a cabin. Here the pair buried their stolen gold and agreed to one day after the lawmen were off their trail to come and retrieve their ill-gotten gain. Before this meeting could occur, Burton Alvord was arrested and put in jail and Billy Stiles was killed. Agents from Wells Fargo searched the entire area around the cabin and the gold was never recovered.
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In 1895, another Southern Pacific Railroad express train was robbed. This time the robbery happened in the Dos Cabezas Mountains about five miles southwest of Wilcox, Arizona.

The gold was found in a safe by the desperados. While trying to dynamite the safe to retrieve their loot, eight sacks of Mexican silver coins with 1,000 coins in each sack to weigh down the safe. The dynamite blast sent the sacks of Mexican coins through the roof and out onto the ground everywhere. Nothing was ever mentioned if the treasure inside the safe was ever found, but it is known that only around 7,000 Mexican coins were found in the area. To this day, treasure hunters have found a coin here or there in the vicinity.
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In Wild Cat Canyon just at the south end of the Chiricahua Mountains is a cave that everyone calls the “Room Forty Four”. It is located around eight miles southwest of Portal, Arizona. In this cave it has been rumored that outlaw Black Jack Ketchum buried the money he stole from a bank in Nogales in 1884.

ARIZONA LOST TREASURES

Where are some lost treasures in Arizona?



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When most people hear of any state, in the western United States, they envision cowboys, Indians, and of course, the gold rush. Today, throughout the west there are many lost treasures that are just waiting for someone to discover them. Some of them are as follows.

In the San Francisco Mountains in Coconino County, there are bars of gold that were hidden away. The bars of gold may be marked with territorial assayers, if so this would make them work even more money today.
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A loot from a train robbery is buried somewhere near Bisbee junction by the robbers.

In 1884, a Southern Pacific Railroad train robbery took place at Canyon Station. The bandits were followed to a cave on the south slope of Wrong Mountain in the Rincon Range. One bandit was fond dead, the other two got away. However, there loot was never recovered. There is a natural cave on Posta Quemada Canyon around eight miles off the Tucson-Douglas highway close to 19 miles east of Tucson.
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Close by Sononita in Santa Cruz County, Hashknife Charley lost or hid 38 bars of gold. These should also have assayer’s stamps on them or it is believed to be so.

A flash flood in Fools Gulch just northeast of Wickenburg carried off a large safe and its contents. The safe and the treasure inside has never been found and is believed to be under a dry steam bed in the area.
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One legend tells of pirates that stole treasure from the streamer Gila and buried it close by Crescent Spring in Mohave County.

Bandits hid away 1,000 pounds of silver dollars from a train robbery in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, which is close to Willcox, Arizona.
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Arizona is full of tales such as these including several lost silver and gold mines one of these tales is the Lost Dutchman Mine at Superstition Mountain just to give you an example.

Many of these lost mines and treasures have never been recovered no matter how hard people have searched; maybe you will be the lucky one.
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Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

The Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Holy Ark, the Ark of God, and many other terms, is one of the most revered items among historians and treasure hunters. Whatever happened to the Ark is unknown but it goes back to Biblical times and many references are made to it within the Bible. It has been moved around plenty of times and so, where its exact whereabouts are now is unknown but this does not stop people from spending their lives searching after it. Many believe that the Ark was destroyed millions of years ago. So just what is the Ark of the Covenant that holds so many people’s interest and what could be so worthy to make it your life’s mission to find it when it may no longer even exist? Perhaps it’s just the thrill of the chase alone but there’s no doubt that what is inside, should the Ark still be on Earth, is quite valuable indeed. The Ark of the Covenant holds the two tablets on which are written the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod, which brought about the first three plagues of Egypt, and manna, which the Israelites ate during their journey through the desert and which has always been seen as a sign of life and nourishment in the Bible.
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After God ordered that the Ark be built, it was constructed of acacia wood, which the Egyptians considered to be the Tree of Life. Although Egyptian royal cubits were most likely the measurements that were used in its construction, it’s thought today to be approximately 4.27 feet long, 2.56 feet high, and 2.56 feet in width. It was then covered entirely in gold and the lid, which is also known as the mercy seat, was also finished with a rim of gold. The sides had gold rings, from which two rods of wood could be placed so that the Ark could be carried around comfortably. On the top, at both ends, sits two cherubs, which sit facing each other. They both have their wings stretched out over top and it’s thought that this is to form the Throne of God, so that the Ark lies at his feet. It was originally placed in the Holy of Holies, which was thought to be the Holiest place in all of Jerusalem. This Holy Place was inside the sanctuary of the Tabernacle and the Temple of Jerusalem, and the Ark was placed between the two temples, with its poles brushing the veil that separated the two.
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Moses oversaw the construction of the Ark, in which he asked ‘every wisehearted one’ to help. He then oversaw the construction and placed the contents inside. However, even he was not allowed to go near the place of the Ark, except for one day a year, called the Day of Atonement. On this day, he would perform certain ceremonies involving the Ark, including a consecration of the Ark which involved oils and holy ointments.
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While the Israelites carried the Ark through the desert, it was carried by priests. When it was carried through the Jordan River, it’s said that the Ark had the power to separate the water so that the Israelites could walk through and the Ark would remain intact. It was also carried around the walls of Jerusalem, as seven rams’ horns were also played. Wherever it was taken and carried, it was always wrapped in the skin of an unknown animal and is covered with a blue cloth so that not even those carrying it can see it. It’s thought that Aaron’s rod and the manna, which was placed inside the Ark in a golden jar, have long since been removed from the Ark.

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There have been many claims by many people that have said that they have found the Ark. Others simply believe stories that they have heard of where the Ark may be. Some believe that the Ark still lies within the Temple of Jerusalem, where it was first placed. Although the First Temple of Solomon no longer stands, King Solomon reported that there had been tunnels dug under the temple and the Ark had been placed on a plateau which would lower the Ark into the tunnels should the structure of the Temple itself ever be compromised. It’s thought that when Nebuchadnezzar did overtake the temple in 586 BC, that the Levite priests followed the Ark into the tunnels and took it away. It is also thought that Nebuchadnezzar never found the Ark. Today, digging has been done under the temple and tunnels do exist down there. However, there are many rules to digging under the temple and even if the Ark is under there, it’s doubtful that it will ever be found.
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Other theories suggest that the original Ark of the Covenant is in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Ark is kept in the Church of the Tablet, which is a treasury near the Church of our Lady Mary of Zion. The church sometimes still uses the object thought to be the Ark in some of their ceremonial rituals. The Kebra Nagast is regarded as the most important Ethiopian document and this document tells the story of when Menelik I carried the Ark into Ethiopia. However, it’s thought that this was only added to the document after the 13th century and is criticized by some as simply being a misunderstanding between the Ethiopian translations of their Portuguese allies. If this is to be true, it’s a great exploitation of these misunderstandings that the Ethiopian church has used and this is why this theory is sometimes so heavily criticized.
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The people of Zimbabwe also have claims that they hold the Ark of the Covenant. The Lemba people are thought to have Jewish ancestry and it is these ancestors that carried the Ark into the caves of the Dumghe Mountains, which is thought to be their most spiritual place. Tudor Parfitt, a professor, researched these claims and placed them into a documentary. He did say that he had seen the object and that it was treated just as the Ark would be in that it was regarded as the voice of their god, could not at any time touch the ground, was covered, and was to be carried on poles by their priests. While he does go into great detail in his documentary about the appearance of the object, he makes no mention of its valuable contents, which leaves it susceptible to heavy criticism.
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Other places in the Middle East also lay claim to the Ark. One such claim states that it is either buried in Mt. Nebo or lies somewhere in the area around it, near Jordan’s east bank. It’s thought that Ark was placed here by Jeremiah after he was instructed to do so. There’s also said to be an altar of incense here and a tent, which were also ordered to be placed with the Ark. The book the Second Maccabees tells this story but some criticize it as it is a second-hand account. In the story, Jeremiah completely covered the entrance to the cave, and so neither the cave nor its contents have ever been found.
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The infamous Ron Wyatt, who is a self-proclaimed archaeologist with no professional training or scholarly credentials but has claimed to have found many Biblical and ancient sites and ruins, has also claimed to have discovered the original Ark. He claims to have found it while on a dig underneath the Calvary Escarpment, and that he actually saw it and took photographs. He also claimed that he could dig no further due to excavation restrictions that were in place and all the photographs came out very blurry and hard to make out. People have widely discredited this claim due to his lack of any official background in the area and the fact that he has made false claims in the past.
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Vendyl Jones, who is a notable archaeologist, claims to have found the Ark in the place where it was hidden by the Levite priests who carried it out of the temple through the temples after Nebuchadnezzar’s attack. Jones says that they carried it to the Cave of the Column, which is located near Qumran. Jones also claims that he has found the entrance to this cave but that he wanted to wait to unveil the discovery until the anniversary of the destruction of the First and Second Temples, which he said would be August 14, 2005. When this did not happen, he claimed that he had been misquoted and that he actually wanted to discover the Ark on this day and is awaiting funding to do so.
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Where is some buried loot in Arkansas?

There are many tales about bandits hiding their ill-gotten gains in Arkansas. If you happen to be a treasure seeker then Arkansas would be a great place to start.
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Here are some of the most popular tales about bandits and their buried loot.

It is believed that a large cache of Spanish gold bars, chests, and gold statues stolen from churches in Mexico is buried in a cave in the side of cliff close by an old oak tree in the Ozark Mountains somewhere between Gravette and Sulphur Springs.
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It is believed that a large cache of Spanish gold bars, chests, and gold statues stolen from churches in Mexico is buried in a cave in the side of cliff close by an old oak tree in the Ozark Mountains somewhere between Gravette and Sulphur Springs.


A stagecoach was robbed in 1890 in which the bandit stole $7,500 in gold coins that were in a strongbox. A posse searched for the bandit and found him about 1 mile from where he robbed the stagecoach. He had died from a bullet wound he received from the driver of the stagecoach the day before. It is believed the strongbox is buried someplace nearby, however, it has never been recovered.
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John A. Murrell an outlaw of the early 1800’s buried his cache on Stuart’s Island close to the upper end of Lake Chicot.

Jesse James, Frank James, Belle Starr and her husband Pony Starr robbed a bank in Missouri and headed for northern Arkansas with $34,000. They camped near Shiloh which we know today as Springdale. It is believed they hid the loot in cave on a bluff with a large with an Indian head carved upon it. The location as far as anyone can tell is suppose to be a cave in a flint bluff with reddish colored rock along the old Butterfield Stage road.
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Jesse was also known to have buried $65,000 in gold coins near Paragould.

Where is the Civil War loot in Arkansas?

During the time America was in the middle of the Civil War, not all men fought on either side, some were out for the gain they could steal from abandoned homes. This is one such story of a man that was really on neither side, but got mixed up with both Confederate and Union soldiers and of course looters.
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The man was Henry Williams who was an ordinary man that worked hard to make a living as at a livery stable in Pocahontas, Arkansas. In October of 1862, Col. Joseph Porter came to town with around 900 Confederate soldiers. There plan was to join up with General Marmaduke and head north into Missouri. Henry was not very fond of these confederate soldiers and decided to leave town. He took his horse and his mules and headed west out of town.
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When he was around 15 miles out of town, he ran into three men with their own mules carrying a large load. The mules under the pressure had practically gone lame, and out of the kindness of his heart, Henry offered to carry a portion of their load upon his mules.
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Henry soon learned these men were looters and had been traveling in front of the Confederate soldiers to warn citizens the soldiers were coming. As soon as the people would leave their homes the looters would go into the homes and take anything of value they could find.
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Henry waited a few days and then returned to Pocahontas, Arkansas to see if the Confederate soldiers were moving onward. They did not leave until December 2. On December 4, Henry along with the looters warned the people of Sturkie that the soldiers were near by. Of course, once the people left, Henry and the others grabbed what they could from the homes. They then headed north out of town and stopped near by a spring around 4 miles out of town. They heard some soldiers coming their way and hid in a hollow that was close to 400 yards from the spring. At this time, Henry dressed in a Union Soldiers uniform that he had taken from a man he found lying dead on the road. Before the soldiers arrived, the men along with Henry buried their loot in a trench they had dug which was 2 feet deep. After the loot was safely hidden in sags and under the dirt, the soldier appeared. They were Confederate soldiers and they grabbed Henry and his fellow companions. Before they could even move, a group of Union soldiers arrived and captured all the Confederate soldiers, Henry in his Union soldier attire, and the looters.
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Henry convinced the Union soldiers that he had been captured by the Confederate soldiers. All of the men except for Henry hung. Henry told the soldiers all the information he had about the whereabouts of the Confederate soldiers and their plans. Henry stayed with the Union army for the rest of the war.

Henry never made it back to the location of the buried loot but on his deathbed at the age of 77, he retold the story to Tom Hoots. To this day, no one has found the valuables that were stolen during the Civil War in Arkansas.
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The story of the Beale codes.

For those that love to figure out numbers, here is a story of lost treasure that will keep you puzzled! It’s the story of a code that has been handed down for years and if broken, could leave the clever mind with enough money to last a lifetime! The story involves a man with his hunting buddies and an innkeeper and has just enough mystery and tales of fortune to have kept people intrigued for many years!

Thomas Jefferson Beale was a man who stood about six feet tall and had dark eyes with hair to match. He was very handsome with an even, dark complexion and was also an extremely honest and loyal man. In 1817 Beale and thirty of his hunting pals headed out to Santa Fe to hunt game. They were planning on staying in Santa Fe for two years and called Beale “Captain” because he acted as the group’s leader. Leaving on May 19, 1817, they arrived in Santa Fe on December 1 of that same year.
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There is very little game wandering the countryside in the middle of winter and so the group had to wait until the following spring before any real hunting could be done. Some of the men grew restless waiting for the nicer weather and they set out on foot to explore the area some. They told the others that they would return in two or three days. Four weeks later the men still had not arrived back and Beale was preparing to send a group of men out to look for the other group. The scouts that Beale had asked to go in search of the missing men were just preparing to leave when two of the men from the missing group returned. They were very excited and began to share their story.
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The group had travelled 250 or 300 miles north of Santa Fe as they were following a large herd of buffalo. They set up camp one evening and began to gather wood for a fire when one of the men found a lump of rock that was much different from ordinary rocks. He believed that he had found gold and after careful inspection, the other men believed so as well. The group went to investigate the area where the man had found the gold and found that there was as much gold there as one could hope to take! The group sent two men to get Beale and the rest stayed to start collecting gold.

Beale gathered up the rest of the group after hearing the story and they set out to join the others at the gold site. When they arrived, Beale hired Indians to help them collect the gold and the group stayed for eighteen months working in the mine. Once they had collected a significant amount of gold, they knew that their lives could be in danger if robbers happened upon them while they had so much gold. They decided to travel east with what they could, hide it, and come back later to collect more of it. Beale took ten of the men and went to Virginia to hide the gold. The rest of the men returned to their homes.
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Before leaving, the men devised a map to the treasure so that at any time, any of the original thirty men could return to the mine to get more. But knowing that a regular map could lead to someone else making off with their treasure, they had all conjured up a code, known only by them, that would lead the way to the mine. Once Beale arrived in Virginia, he found an innkeeper by the name of Mr. Robert Morriss, who was known to also be an honest and trustworthy man. Beale decided to stay with Mr. Morriss for three months in 1820, from January to March. Over that time period, Beale and Mr. Morriss came to be very good friends.

When March arrived and it was time for Beale to return to the mine with the others, he again hired Indians to help them uncover the gold. They stayed for another eighteen months or so and in the fall of 1821, the group decided to split up and join again the following spring so that they could look for more. Beale headed back to Virginia, hid their findings, and stayed again at Mr. Morriss’ inn. He stayed again over the winter and in March of 1822 was about to set off for the gold mine once again. Before leaving this time, he gave Mr. Morriss an iron lock box and asked Mr. Morriss if he would keep it safe until he returned. Mr. Morriss agreed and took the box, without knowing its contents, from Beale.
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It was May 9, 1822 when Mr. Morriss was sent a letter from Beale. In the letter, Beale explained that he was currently in St. Lousi but that he was going to be travelling west so that he could hunt for buffalo and grizzly bears. He made sure that Mr. Morriss knew how important the iron lockbox and its contents were and made the innkeeper promise again that he would guard the box carefully. Beale told Morriss that there were two letters and three separate pages of numbers. The letters told of the hunters’ story and how they happened upon the gold mine. The story went into such great detail as to tell of where Beale had hidden the treasure he had and great details about the mine. The letters also stated what the contents of the treasure were. The letters also said that the numbers on the following pages were codes. The codes told the location of the mines, the location of the buried treasure, and the names of the thirty-one beneficiaries. Each beneficiary was one of the men in Beale’s original group of hunters and Mr. Morriss, for his significant role in keeping the treasure safe. He told Beale to keep the box for ten years without opening it. If after ten years, Beale had not gotten into contact with Mr. Morriss, he was to open the box and go find the treasure to distribute to the beneficiaries.
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That was the final contact Mr. Morriss had with anyone in relation to the iron lockbox. Beale was never heard from again and neither were the beneficiaries. Needless to say the man that was to bring the code key never appeared. Ten years passed and Mr. Morriss did not attempt to open the box. He was a very honest man and wanted to be sure that no one was going to come to reclaim it. After twenty-three years had gone by, he opened the box.

In 1862, Mr. Morriss knew that he was not going to be alive for much longer. He needed to find a way to decipher the codes and claim the treasure, as he had originally been asked to. He had tried for years but had come up with very little. He asked James B. Ward of Virginia to come look at the codes and try to decipher them. He told the man that if the codes could be deciphered, he would split his share of the fortune with him. Morriss never saw his share or any part of the treasure as he passed away the very next year.
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After Morriss’ death, Ward continued to work feverishly trying to decipher the codes. The numbers went very high so he determined that the numbers must be based on a document. Upon further studying, he concluded that the code was based on the Declaration of Independence. He deciphered the code by taking each number and counting that many words into the document. He then took the word that the number led him to and used the first letter of that word. This is as much as he could decipher:
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I have deposited in the County of Bedford about four miles from Bufords in an excavation or vault six feet below the surface of the ground the following articles belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number three herewith. The first deposit consisted of ten hundred and fourteen pounds of gold and thirty eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver deposited November 1819. The second was made December 1821 and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold and twelve hundred and eighty eight pounds of silver also jewels obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to save transportation and valued at thirteen thousand dollars. The above is securely packed in iron pots with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stones and the vessels rest on solid stone and are covered with others. Paper number one describes the exact locality of the vault so that no difficulty will be had in finding it.”
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After running out of money in 1885, Ward had the code transferred into pamphlets and freely handed them out to the public so others could try to decipher it and perhaps share the wealth with him. However, most of those pamphlets were lost in a fire.

The story of the bells of Mexico.

There is a story that has evolved over the ages about a priest in Mexico who was evil and had no respect for man or for god. He only had a few jobs around the church, including collecting the monies for the offering and ringing the bells to tell the people that the church service was about to begin. Along with his evil, he had plenty of greed and as he collected the money from the collection plate, he would take some of it and keep it for himself. He would keep the money and place it in a chest that he had hidden in secret. Once the chest was full, he decided he would bury the money and kill a man so that the dead man’s skeleton may protect his buried treasure.
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Part of the priest’s plan was to go back to Spain with the treasure he had absconded from the congregation. However, a week before he was due to set sail, he became sick with a very high fever and passed away. While he was on his deathbed, he repented of the horrible things he had done in his lifetime, including stealing money from the people of the church. He believed that his soul would not rest until the money had been returned to God. With his last breath, he whispered to the boy that had been tending to him, “Follow the bells. They will lead you to the treasure.”

The boy paid no attention to the dying man but there was a sweeper in the hallway just outside the priest’s room who had overheard what was said. The sweeper was a poor man trying to provide for his family and he wanted a better life for them and for himself. The following week he would take his shovel and set out to the gardens in the monastery to try to find the buried treasure. He never found anything until one night when he was fast asleep in his bed he woke up to the sound of the church bells ringing. He got up abruptly, certain that there was some sort of emergency within the church. However, once he saw his wife and child sound asleep in their beds, he remembered the words of the dying priest and knew instantly that those bells were for him and that he was the only one who could hear them ringing.
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He followed the sound of the ringing bells quickly until he came to a spot in the hills where two trees stood. Beside these trees, were two ghostly ringing bells and the sweeper knew that he had finally found his treasure. The sweeper began to dig and became very excited when his shovel hit something hard. He continued to dig until he pulled up a treasure chest. Breaking the lock of the chest with a rock, he was amazed to find an abundance of gold in coin within it. After staring at the gold for some time, he began to touch it and gather it up by the handfuls. He couldn’t believe it was all his!
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However, the sweeper soon heard moaning coming from somewhere very close to him. Looking to his side, where the trees were, was the skeleton of the man that the priest had buried to protect the treasure. The skeleton reached for the sweeper while continuously repeating, “Mine! Mine! Mine!” Terrified, the sweeper dropped all of the gold that he had in his hands and began to run away from the skeleton and the treasure chest. The skeleton chased him down the hill and although the skeleton stopped after some time, the sweeper did not until he was safely behind the locked door of his own home. It was only then that he realized that he had forgotten his shovel at the top of the hill.
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Not believing that he was actually going to go back to the scene, the sweeper prepared the next morning to return to the hill. Not necessarily for the buried treasure but because the shovel he had forgotten was quite expensive and being a poor man already, he could not afford to replace it. When he got to the top of the hill, there was no sign that a skeleton had been there the night before. There was also no treasure to be found or any hole to indicate that someone had tried to find one. He also couldn’t find his shovel at first but he soon spotted it. In a tree that had branches that began twenty feet above his head. He assumed that the skeleton must have placed it there to mock him because it was an impossible height to reach.
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The sweeper turned to go home but as he was leaving, he saw something shining in the morning sun near the area where he had placed the treasure chest the night before. Walking closer, he saw two gold coins and picked them up and placed them in his pocket. When he returned home, he put the two coins in a very safe place and later would use them to send his son to college. The sweeper believed for the rest of his life that the skeleton had reburied the treasure once he had ran from the hill.

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Where is Bill Bowlegs' buried loot?

The rumors around who the real Bill Bowlegs is can be quite confusing because there were at least three during the 1800’s to trend upon the coast of Florida. No matter who it was there was a real pirate known as William Bowlegs some believe it was William Bowlegs Rogers, but you will find others that disagree with this. Whoever, it was he was at one time a member of the Jean Lafittes Baritarian pirates around 1812. Lafitte moved his operation to Galveston Island in 1818 while Bowlegs stayed behind. He formed his own band of pirates with a secret hideaway on the north Gulf Coast of Florida. He and his band of pirates would prey upon Spanish ships in the gulf until the year of 1838.
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During 1838, the pirates disbanded and Bowlegs had quite a bit of fortune accumulated in gold and silver. During the disbandment, Bowlegs took the gold and silver from his personal schooner and hid some of his fortune on the northern gulf coast of Florida. Many believe the hidden area is around Santa Rosa Island. However, there are many islands on the northern coast of Florida that fit the description of the island in which Bowlegs hid his treasure. Along with burying treasure on this island, he also buried some of ill-gotten gain on the mainland.
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In 1840, he decided once again to ride the high seas, gathered 27 members of his band of pirates, and started pirating again. A British war ship was his real demise. He had to sink his own ship along with all the treasure aboard in order to save himself and his crew from capture. He headed off to New Orleans leaving behind his crew to watch over the lagoon where they had sunk the ship. On his return with diving equipment, he found many of his dead from fever or from Indian attacks. Before they could begin diving, his wife came down with the fever and passed away. Bowlegs built a cabin on the mainland across from the lagoon from the island where he had hidden the treasure, and watched over his treasure until the day he died. Before his death, he told a friend of the exact location for finding the treasure. The landmarks had changed over the years and to this day, no one has found all the treasure even though a few bags of gold coins and silver bars have been found on Santa Rosa Island.
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Where is Mr. Bishop’s lost chest of gold coins?

A group of Mormons along with their wagons filled with their possessions was headed to Horsetown in the 1850’s. In order to get to their destination, they had to travel through the valley of Redding, California and cross over Clear Creek. Normally, Clear Creek was a quiet and serene creek, but not on this occasion. The water was running off the mountains and made this quiet little creek into a torrent of raging, muddy, floodwaters. They decided to camp nearby and wait until the water began to recede before heading onward.
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They became very eager to get to their new home and just could not wait any longer. The waters had receded a bit but the water was still quite swift and was deeper than normal. The wagons began crossing slowly and all except one made it across the river. Mr. Bishop started crossing the creek a little downstream from the rest of the wagons. Once he was in the water, he realized that the water was deeper where he was. Before he had crossed the creek, one of the wagon wheels fell into a deep hole and very quickly, the wagon tipped over onto its side. All Mr. Bishop had time to save were his horses and himself. When he made it to the other side of the creek, his wagon was washed downstream.
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Mr. Bishop not only lost all of his personal belongings but along with his wagon he had a small chest on board that contained $40,000 in gold coins. The rest of the group searched for days, could never find the small chest of coins and decided to go on to Horsetown. After the creek, was back to normal, several of Mr. Bishop’s friends and himself came back to the creek in search of his gold. There never found even one small gold coin.
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In 1910, William Dreestelhorst while prospecting in Clear Creek found a $10 gold coin. The coin had the initials “SMV,” along with the date of 1841 and inscribed along the rim the words "California Gold". This was the same type of gold that Mr. Bishop had lost around 60 years prior.

Thus began the search for Mr. Bishop’s lost gold coins. To this day, no one has found another gold coin and it is believed that the gold is somewhere on the banks or in Clear Creek.
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Where is the Silver Treasure in Pennsylvania?

Legends of Captain Blackbeard have been throughout history, however, this one is has been recorded and if anyone could find this treasure would be a very rich individual. In 1811, Captain Blackbeard commissioned by the British Admiralty was asked to raise the wreckage of a Spanish galleon off the shores of the Bahamas Islands. During this time, England and France were at war and the English wished the cargo to be taken to an American port safe from hands of Napoleonic France.
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Captain Blackbeard did manage to raise the ship and made it to Baltimore. He then contacted a warship to tow the ship and all of its treasure to an English port.

While having a few drinks at a Baltimore tavern in June of 1812, Blackbeard was met with Peter Abelhard Karthaus, which was a famous privateer of the time. He informed Blackbeard that he knew of the ship that he brought to Maryland and that it held $1,500,000 worth of silver bars.
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Now, Blackbeard knew his voyage was going to be even harder to accomplish between the French and the pirates, he did not have much of a chance of getting the treasure safely to an English port across the sea.

He then decided to go by land and rivers. Going through the land route through Canada would be safer and was only around 400 miles through rugged terrain. His route would be to follow the Susquehanna north to where Williamsport is today, then to Sinnemahoning River until he made it to Emporium as we know it today. Then they would have to travel 23 miles over the Keating Summit to the Allegheny River close to Port Allegany. This entire area was known to trappers, traders, and of course hostile Indians as Canoe Place. All that they needed to do was to follow the Allegheny to the mouth of the Conewango Creek and then up to Chautauqua Lake. Then he could just go down to Lake Erie very easily. Britain at the time controlled Lake Erie, so it would be the closest English port to secure the treasure in English hands.
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The silver bars were placed into wagons with false bottoms. The terrain and wilderness held many difficulties that Blackbeard had not expected. They had to build rafts on two occasions, and during one of the turbulent events on the Susquehanna River, the raft capsized and they lost the oxen and the wagons into the river below. By the time they reached Clinton County, Blackbeard was fed up. America and England were now also at war and Blackbeard could not trust anyone they met along the trail.
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Blackbeard decided to bury the treasure for safekeeping until he could safely get it to the English. Fort Niagara was blocked and Lake Erie was full with American boats, the only choice Blackbeard now had was to bury the loot.

Sometime during the summer of 1812, close to the village of Keating Summit the treasure was buried near an old saltlick. To this day, no one was ever told the exact whereabouts of the treasure from the Spanish galleon.

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