Updated: Apr 1
In this article I will talk about 5 lost treasures of the world. Keep in mind, these are only 5 of ENDLESS hidden treasures out there that are waiting to be found by treasure hunters such as yourself. With the interest in treasure hunting getting stronger over the years, this is a great place for you to start on your quest!
1. Treasure of Lima
This is one that has captivated me over the years. It is actually one that kind of re-introduced me to my adventurous and curious self. If you know anything about me, and even if you don't, I love my pirate and age of exploration history. Whereas this story takes place outside of what they call "The Golden Age of Piracy" it is still a fantastic legend of a great pirate treasure haul.
In 1820, after a couple hundred years of controlling Peru, the Spanish were under heavy pressure from Native South Americans who were getting wary of the Spanish and their control. Eventually, the city of Lima had to be evacuated. When it did, the Spanish had to transport their riches to Mexico as a safe haven. This treasure, which is include gemstones, gold, statues of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus, is valued at $12-$60 million.
Under the command of Captain William Thompson of the Mary Dear, the hoard was on its way to Mexico...or so they thought. It seemed that Captain Thompson and his crew turned pirate and took the loot for themselves. They stopped at Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica to lay low. While they were there, they buried the treasure somewhere on the island.
After eventually getting caught, all but Captain Thompson and his first mate were executed. They promised to take the Spanish back to Cocos Island and show them the treasure. Well, they ended up escaping into the wilderness. They, as well as the treasure, were never seen again...
There have been expeditions on the island. To read more about them, check out my article ....
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2. Lemminkäinen Hoard
This has become a really popular discussion over the past couple weeks, as the treasure hunting group known as "The Temple Twelve", claim that they are on the brink of finding this incredible haul. They are estimating that this will be the biggest treasure of all time at over $20 billion! Yes, that is a B in BILLION.
Story goes that in 1984 the landowner, Ior Bock, claimed that he was a direct descendant of Lemminkäinen, a very popular character in Finnish mythology. Bock claims that the land of his parents has a cave that housed the Temple of Lemminkäinen. In this temple, there is a spiraling hallway with rooms that hold collected treasures from over the past couple thousand years. The last time there was a collection of artifacts was in 987 AD. Hidden behind a closed and locked door is this treasure chamber.
Well, the cave is there, but the Temple has not yet been found. Are The Temple Twelve going to find it? To learn more about this and other missing artifacts, please head over to Seek Fortuna. There, I offer an interactive treasure map with endless amounts of lost treasures just like this...
3. Captain Kidd's Treasure
Another incredibly popular story that has been reignited over the past 5-10 years. One of history's most notorious pirates, Captain William Kidd, has captivated treasure hunters from all over the world in the race to find his long lost, buried treasure.
Captain William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1654, but migrated to New York City when he was young. England had just taken over New York from the Dutch and Kidd started making friends with high ranking officials. Because of this, Kidd started to get quite popular and carried a good name for himself. He eventually become what is known as a privateer...
You may be asking, "Well what is a privateer? I thought he was a pirate." Well, a privateer IS essentially a pirate, but for hire from an authority figure...In this case, the English Parliament. So, what a privateer would do was attack and steal from England's enemies' ships, like the Spanish and French. This would in turn, help English in the fight towards conquering of the new world. Well, this eventually backfired on Kidd.
See, Captain Kidd and his crew were not very successful as privateers. They set up shop off the East Coast of Madagascar in an attempt to capture ships coming and going from India and eventually captured the one, the Quedagh Merchant. Problem was, this ship, although Indian made and Armenian run, had an English captain and was brokered by The East India Trading Company. This was bad news for Kidd and his crew. After a vote, Kidd and his crew made off with the goods to Madagascar.
There are many conflicting stories about where he actually buried or hid his loot, but research and rumors have pointed to several places:
Long Island, New York,
Isla de Mona, Puerto Rico
Oak Island, Nova Scotia.
In 2015, treasure hunter Barry Clifford found a metal bar off the coast of Madagascar that he claimed to be silver and of origin from Kidd's ship, the Adventure Galley. UNESCO came out and said that the bar was actually lead and was just old rubble from the port at Saint-Marie. The verdict is still out there for debate...
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4. Gold of the Gods
This story became really popular after the release of Erich von Daniken's 1973 book, "The Gold of the Gods". In the book he told the story of János Juan Móricz. This gentleman claimed to have found mounds of gold, sculptures, and a metallic library in "Cueva de los Tayos", a cave in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador.
Due to the popularity of the book, many expeditions were sent to Ecuador to find these lost treasures, but all came back empty handed. The biggest crew to date was the 1976 BCRA expedition that had with it, none other than Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the moon. This crew was over 100 strong and even included a camera crew! Still, nothing was found. Rumor is, they were looking in the wrong cave. That the actual cave is not Cueva de los Tayos...
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5. Nazi Gold Train
As Hitler and the Nazis started gaining control over Europe, they looted and stole valuable artifacts, gold, and art along the way. This was clearly the means to help fund their war against the Allied forces. One of the most famous stories of some of this lost cache is that of The Nazi Gold Train.
The Nazis were quite well known for their underground tunnels that they built all across Europe. Miles and miles stretching all across Poland, Germany, and Austria. Some haven't even been found...
Rumor is that two researchers in Poland gathered information from a former Nazi guard on his death bed. He confessed that there is indeed a Nazi train car filled to the brim with gold. This train car is sealed away in a tunnel somewhere near the town Walbrzych, Poland. Treasure hunters have claimed to have the exact location, but nothing concrete has ever been found...
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Also, if you would like to learn more about Henry Avery's Treasure read my in-depth blog all about the character.