The lost treasure of Lost Gold Treasure in Lima.


Where is the lost lost gold treasure in Lima?

For those treasure hunters that love to follow clues in the hopes of a huge payday waiting at the end of the path, this is a treasure story for you! This treasure has never been claimed and there are many original clues that can’t be found with many other lost treasure stories so if you have the ambition to look, you could end up very wealthy!

In 1820 Simon Bolivar’s troops were being led under the direction of General Jose de San Martin. They were quickly gaining momentum over Lima and the city’s viceroy was concerned that the great wealth of the city was about to be lost. He knew that the battle would end in political debate that would be resolved but he couldn’t risk losing the city’s money in the meantime. He decided that he would have to take it out of the city to somewhere safe and bring it back once the battle was over.

The viceroy first wanted to take the treasure and put it on the Esmeralda. However, this ship had been captured in battle and was protecting the port of Callao. Instead he placed the city’s money on the Mary Dear, which was a ship commanded by a very well-known and respected captain, William Thompson. Thompson agreed to take the treasure onto his ship as well as some of the viceroy’s guards and some of the rich citizens of the city. Spanish officials totalled the treasure to be about sixty million dollars. There was worry that the Load Cochrane’s ships were coming quite aggressively and prepared for attack but the Mary Dear set sail before any enemies approached. The beginning of the journey seemed to be going well.

However, William Thompson soon found that the weight of so much treasure being on his ship was just too tempting and so, he slit the throats of the guards and the citizens and threw them overboard. He decided he would go to Cocos Island and bury the treasure there. The crew would then go their own separate ways for awhile so they wouldn’t fall under suspicion and then they would return to collect the treasure, which would be split amongst them evenly. After they buried the treasure, they were leaving the area and a Spanish Man-of-War ship saw them and began to chase them. The Mary Dear was quickly overtaken by the Spaniards. There was a quick trial where the entire crew of Mary Dear was found guilty and sentenced to be hung. However, Thompson and his first mate, James Alexander Forbes made a deal with the Spanish that in return for allowing them to live, they would take them to the treasure.

The Spaniards agreed and with Thompson and Forbes and the group left for Cocos Island. Once they arrived, the entire party disembarked the ship. However, Thompson and Forbes had other ideas and ran away into the jungle. The Spanish crew looked and looked but could not find the two men. Other ships were called to the area so that the island could be guarded for months, ensuring that Forbes and Thompson would remain on the island. However, they were never found by the Spanish. Once the Spanish gave up their search for the men, the two found a ride in a British whaler called Captain in the harbour. After Thompson convinced the captain and the crew that the two men had been shipwrecked and were now stranded on the island, they agreed to take them to Puntarenas in Costa Rica.

Unfortunately during their stay in Costa Rica, Forbes became ill with yellow fever and died. Thompson stayed in hiding and in 1841 he befriended John Keating. Thompson himself was very ill and wanted to give the map to the treasure to someone who could go find it before he died. He chose to give the map to Keating. In the directions, Chatham Bay was used as a starting point. The directions were as follows:

“Turn your back on the sea and then make your way towards the mountain that is in the north of the island. On the mountain slope you will see a brook to the west. Cross this and go twenty paces due west. Then take fifty paces toward the center of the island until the sea is completely hidden behind the mountain. At the place where the ground suddenly falls away you will see a white mark on the rock. That is where the cave is. It has a well hidden entrance covered by a stone slab and a tunnel entrance leads sideways into a chamber.”

One story goes that Keating found an investor and hired Captain Boag to take him to Cocos Island. Once there and anchored in Chatham Bay, Keating and Boag were the only ones to go on land and search for the treasure. They followed the directions that Thompson had given Keating and when they found the treasure, there was more there than they ever could have dreamed of! Taking a few pieces, they decided to tell the crew that they hadn’t found anything. However, the crew was not so gullible and they threatened both Keating and Boag until they eventually told them that in the morning, the entire crew would go to take their share of the treasure. That night, Keating and Boag snuck off the ship and went to claim the treasure. In the morning, the crew searched for the men but they were never found.

The other version of the story is much the same except it has Keating and Boeck (this is the same man as Boag but a different spelling,) finding a ride with Captain Gould, who was in charge of Edgecombe. This story says that Gould took the men to the island and demanded that they give him a share once the treasure was found. Ketaing and Boeck in this story, also manage to flee Gould. Gould and his crew also searched but came up with no trace of the two men.

A few months later a ship anchored in Cocos Island and Keating approached the ship and asked that he be given a ride off the island. He said that Boag had drowned during their stay but no one believed him and he was tried for Boag’s murder. The murder charge did not stick however, due to a lack of evidence. Once Boag finally found his way off the island, he had enough of the treasure on him that he could buy a business, a farm, and pay for another trip to Cocos Island. However, history repeated itself once again when the ship’s crew wanted a portion of the treasure for themselves after reaching the island. The ship’s crew soon turned on Keating and he found himself once again, escaping off the ship and hiding in the jungle. He stayed in the jungle for two weeks before he found a whaler that would take him off the island. Again, Keating took enough of the treasure that would tie him over until he could come back and get the rest of the treasure. Keating took some notations on where the treasure was buried. What he wrote can be found in the Nautical and Traveller’s Club in Sydney, registered under number 18,755. This is what Keating wrote:

“At two cables lengths, south of the last watering place, on three points. The cave is the one which is to be found under the second point.
Christie, Ned and Anton have tried but none of the three has returned. Ned on his forth dive found the entrance at twelve fathoms but did not emerge from his fifth dive.
There are no octopuses but there are sharks.
A path must be opened up to the cave from the west. I believe there has been a fall of rock at the entrance.”

In 1868, Keating and his crew were in Codroy Village in Newfoundland. They were not doing very well at all. Keating was very sick and was using a sail as a bed and was covered in snow and ice. He was devastated about the condition his crew was in and upset about the schooner that he had lost. They were also running extremely low on supplies. Nicolas Fitzgerald found them and rescued them and that was when Keating gave Fitzgerald the directions he had for the treasure on Cocos Island. Keating wanted to go with Fitzgerald to find the treasure but Fitzgerald knew that it was extremely risky to travel to the area with Keating in tow and so, he refused. However, Fitzgerald was never able to gather investors and a crew at the same time to go search for the treasure. Instead, he gave the directions that he had to Commodore Curzon-Howe. Fitzgerald also left these directions,

“Follow the coastline of the bay till you find a creek where, at high-water mark, you go up the bed of a stream which flows inland. Now you step out seventy paces, west by south, and against the skyline you will see the gap in the hills. From any other point, the gap is invisible. Turn north and walk to a stream. You will see a large hole enough for you to insert your thumb. Thrust in an iron bar, twist it round in the cavity, and behind you will find a door which opens on the treasure.”

Many people over the years have searched very hard for this treasure. Among the prospectors is former United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The treasure has never been found and the documents containing the directions are public knowledge. All one needs is a way to get there and perhaps some digging supplies and they could be extremely wealthy!

The lost treasure of Lost Gold Treasure in Lima.

 The lost treasure of Lost Gold Treasure in Lima.

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