Oak Island Discovery One spring day in 1795 Daniel McGinnis, then a teenager, was wandering around Oak Island, Nova Scotia
Treasure, Lost Cities & Other Stuff
You may know Columbus, Cortes and Magellan, but those brave men were just a few of the adventurers who crossed
[toc]Tales of buried treasures were ones we enjoyed when we were kids. After all, who doesn’t want to head off
Genghis Khan created the largest contiguous land empire the world has ever known, and for a time, he was the richest, most powerful man on earth. His treasury contained the pillaged wealth of China, India and Russia combined… So, when he died, where did all his treasure go?
Through-out history scores of treasure hunters, archeologists and biblical scholars have been obsessed with finding the Ark of the Covenant – so, what’s so special about this little box?
On September 4, 1622 the Tierra Firme flota of twenty-eight ships left Havana bound for Spain with one of the richest new world cargoes ever assembled; silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia and pearls from Venezuela.
Months before Maximilian’s execution he sent what was left of his personal fortune in Spanish, Austrian and American gold coin, gold and silver plate, and jewelry back to Austria. The fortune never made it out of Texas, or so the story goes…
There’s been much speculation about what the Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar consisted of – The Ark of the Covenant, massive hordes of gold from King Solomon’s Mines, or ancient texts revealing secret knowledge or the Holy Grail have all been suggested.
It is often said that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. The twisted tale of Yamashita’s gold, allegedly buried in the Philippine islands, is a story of a great fortune and many crimes that became inseparably intertwined.
In February 1519 a fleet of Spanish ships landed on the coast of Mexico. Onboard was a force of nearly six hundred Conquistadors; led by the infamous Hernán Cortés, they had come to Mexico to conquer the land and convert its people to Christianity. And if they all got filthy rich in the process, that was okay too!
Certainly, one of the most unique lost treasures of all time consists not of gold, silver or precious stones, but of amber – fossilized tree resin – over six tons of it.
Deep in the remote mountains of central Ecuador, the largest undiscovered treasure in Latin America waits to be found. This ancient horde of Inca gold comes complete with a vengeful curse, multiple treasure maps and a trail of dead adventurers. With an estimated value of over two billion dollars, this stash of Inca Gold tops my list of lost treasures.
In the desolate wasteland of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains the remnants of an ancient volcano towers high above the barren landscape. For more than 120 years fortune seekers have been dawn to this ancient spire which, according to legend, holds the key to the richest and most famous treasures in the history of the American West. The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.
Estimated Value: $75,000,000 – $180,000,000 (75 – 180 Million Dollars) Shipwreck When the sidewheel steamer SS Republic left New York