The Lost Treasure of Mexico

To the north of Guadalajara is a blown shut cave containing a hoard of silver bars and a mine nearby. Two of the bars were removed from the tunnel in 1934 before a treasure hunter blew it shut. It's still there in a canyon north of the city. The Golden Gate, laden with $1,500,000 in gold coins and bullion on board, caught fire and sank three miles offshore and 19 miles north of Manzanillo on July 27, 1862. Salvagers over the years have recovered about $1,000,000 in gold coins and bars, leaving at least $500,000 (at 1862 values) for today's treasure hunter.

Caltzontzin was the king of the Tarascans in the state of Michoacan in 1500 where it was said that much gold was in the hills. It is believed by some that his cache of gold treasure, valued at $30,000,000 and secreted during the time of the Spanish conquest, lies buried in a subterranean passage on the mountain of La Bates de Oro

122 bars of silver were taken by Pancho Villa and his gang in an ambush of a train near Chavarria. While traveling back toward the border in the captured train, he himself was attacked by a band of government troops at San Andres. Escaping under the cover of darkness, Villa and his men made their way toward Bachiniva. One of his wounded soldiers died, and was buried along with the bars of silver, "...on the road to Bachiniva." Somewhere in or near Bachiniva lies a grave of an unknown bandit and, nearby, 122 bars of silver.

In 1897, within the walls of the old ruined Jesuit mission of Santa Maria in Lower California (founded in 1707), a jar of treasure was found buried. The Order was expelled in the winter of 1767-68 and this was the mission they established there. More may be cached in this area.

On September 13, 1931, the American steamer Columbia was wrecked off Point Tasco, Santa Margarita Island carrying $320,000 in gold and silver.

The Lost El Naranjal, a mine with a gigantic pile of rich gold ore dug from it and stockpiled inside is located in the area of El Naranjo, east of Los Mochis and about 100 miles southwest of the Seven Cities ruins site in the vicinity of the small stream named Evera Mocorito. The ancient diggings are on a high mesa in the shadow of a towering mountain.

The Jesuits are said to have buried vast riches in a fabulously rich gold mine, then sealed it up and destroyed all traces of the workings when they were about to be driven from their settlement in the southwestern part of Chihuahua. The site is in the area where a great gorge is cut by the Rio Verde. The larger portion of Pancho Villa's treasures of the revolution in the 1920s, worth an estimated $24,000,000, is believed cached in the Sierra Madre Occidental, perhaps in a cave in an area either 50 miles northwest or 50 miles southwest of Parral where he was assassinated on July 20, 1923.

The treasure cave of the Lauriana outlaw brothers who operated around 1850 is located on the east side of and near the top of Brazil Mountain, about 8 or 10 miles southeast of Limon in the state of Sinaloa. The sealed tunnel or cavern contains an estimated 55,000,000 pesos in gold bars, gold and silver coins and mission treasure. The entire payroll of gold coins, intended for the 7,000 man Federal division that followed Pancho Villa when he headed southward in 1914 was hidden in or near the city of Torreon by a young deserter named Abdon Perez who wanted to turn it over to Villa. Perez was killed in the first exchange of shots during the attack on Gomez Palacio - adjoining Torreon - and the treasure was never found

A major portion of Pancho Villa's treasure is said to lie near his retreat west of Durango and north of Mazatlan near the village of Tepuxtla, a few miles from the Gulf of California. The suspected site is at a cavern at the headwaters of the Rio Presidio River - a stream that meanders out of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

After they had wounded the Aztec emperor, Montezuma, whom they had taken prisoner, Cortez and his Spanish soldiers were besieged in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) by the enraged Aztec soldiers led by the Priest of Votan. After days of savage fighting, the Spaniards attempted to retreat from the city during the night laden with the vast treasure of Montezuma. When day dawned after that fatal "Noche Triste" (sad night), Cortez and only a small remnant of his soldiers had been able to escape with their lives.Lake Tezcuco, surrounding Tenochtitlan, which they had crossed by causeway during their bloody flight, was filled with the bodies of the slain, and on its bottom rested the great treasure of Montezuma,

Thrown into the lake by the fleeing Spaniards. This huge hoard had originally consisted of golden and silver ornaments, and an immense quantity of jewels. The ornaments had been reduced to wedge-shaped bullion by the Spaniards, and in this form were cast into the lake. Generations of treasure seekers have raked the old lakebed and even the title-deeds of an estate bordering the lake mention the treasure; one President of Mexico dragged its lava bed for the lost hoard without success.

There are centuries of accumulated mud on top of the treasure which still lies buried under present-day Mexico City and which has defied all efforts of recovery.. According to legends, when Cortez took siege of Mexico City in 1521, the Aztec Indians secreted their treasure hoards in and around the Lake of the city and, in particular, in a cave in the nearby hillsides surrounding the city. A rich treasure is said to be hidden in the vaults under the church of San Geronimo por la Santissima Virgen in Mexico City .

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