Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at several buried treasures which legends maintain may still be out there for the finding.
Estimated Value: $52,000,000.00 in 2021 terms.
Last Seen: 1520 A.D.
Lore: Observing how the Spanish were stealing every bit of treasure they found, Aztec ruler Montezuma had his treasury and temples stripped of as much gold, silver and jewels as possible. He intended to have it sent northward and buried until the Spanish could be driven out of the New World. Over time everyone who knew where the horde was located died.
Potential Locations: Arizona, New Mexico or Utah.
THE GOLD OF REMY LEDOUX
Estimated Value: As high as $208,000,000.00 in 2021 terms.
Last Seen: Late 1780s-1790s
Lore: In the 1780s French fur traders led by one Remy Ledoux heard about rich veins of gold from some free-spending and loose-talking Spaniards. The fur traders checked out the location indicated and came across their own finds, which they worked for years.
Amid growing hostility with Spanish prospectors and Native Americans in the area, Remy and his colleagues buried the gold in anywhere from 1 to 3 locations and headed back to civilization until tempers near their gold veins could cool. They suffered more Native American attacks and only Ledoux made it back east alive. The map he left behind has proven to be either incredibly wrong or coded.
Potential Location: The San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Continue reading