I’m not a particularly lucky person; I could buy lottery tickets all my life and best chance scenario I’d come up even. So, you have to wonder, how do other people get rich?
Well, I may have come up with a believable answer: they look for hidden treasure. That’s right, it’s not Captain Sparrow’s game, there is still actual buried treasure out there and the game is played by the finders-keepers rule. Just in case you decide to play, here are 7 obvious choices around the world.
7. Treasure of La Noche Triste, Mexico City
In 1520, the Spanish occupied the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan. Ancient history, as some might say, but as the Aztecs expelled them from the city Hernán Cortés ordered his men to stuff their armor with Aztec gold on their way out. Tenochtitlan was an island city in the middle of a lake at the time, so when the Aztecs pushed the Spanish soldiers into the water, they went down with the treasure. Mexico City sits on the dry lake bed on top of all that buried Aztec gold, so go buy yourself a ticket.
6. The Treasure of Lima, Coco Islands
English Captain William Thompson was ordered, back in 1820, bring a cache of treasure – worth $269 million)today – from Lima, Peru to Mexico City. It never arrived and no one knows exactly why. Legend has it that Thompson hid the loot somewhere on the Coco Islands, off the cost of Costa Rica. I’m betting he spent it, and that’s a mighty fine decision if you ask me. However, despite countless expeditions, no one has ever found the treasure. Are you feeling lucky?
5. Col. John Singleton Mosby’s Missing Treasure, Haymarket, Virginia
Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby and his Partisan Rangers successfully attacked Northern troops garrisoned at the Fairfax Courthouse in early spring 1863. He captured 42 Union soldiers and raided what they could from their quarters; they were surprised to find a stash of priceless family heirlooms stolen by the Union troops. Before the courthouse could be recaptured by the North, Mosby ordered one his men to take the treasure and hide it in the countryside. I’m guessing the dude got lost, ’cause it disappeared to this day.
4. La Nuestra Señora de Atocha, Florida Keys
La Nuestra Señora de Atocha, or “Our Lady of Atocha,” was a Spanish treasure ship. It sunk in 1622 while carrying a huge amount of treasure; some of it has been recovered, but still a good part of is nowhere to be found. If you’re a good diver, feel free to look for it on the ocean floor. Start in the middle and work your way around and tell me what you find.
3. The Gold Dust God, Lake Guatavita, Colombia
The indigenous people around Lake Guatavita in Colombia, South America, had a strange ritual to please their water god. It seems a priest would cover himself in gold dust and then toss pieces of gold into the lake. I’m guessing the gods were pleased, but not us as the Colombian government has banned anyone from trying to drain that particular lake to find the treasure. Beam me up there, Scotty!
2. Nazi Treasure, Lake Toplitz, Austria
This story is closer to our modern times. The Nazis plundered valuables from their victims during World War II, that’s no surprise. But as the situation took a twist for the worst, they thought of ways to cover up all of the things they stole. A good portion of it was allegedly dumped into Lake Toplitz in Austria, as they were also printing fake money. All that aside, keep dreaming since you need to obtain permission from the government to go searching for the buried treasure, and that’s not gonna happen.
1. Secret Confederate Gold, Washington, Georgia
Right before the South surrendered, they were thinking about what to do with the rest of its treasury. And so are we today, as no one quite knows exactly what happened to all the money. Rumor has it that it was buried somewhere near Washington, Georgia. Now, there’s a good place to start digging, right? Where are them Duke boys when you need them?