The lost treasure of pearls on dry land.

IN SEARCH OF
PEARLS ON DRY LAND

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Pearls on dry land.



In 1539, De Soto’s was leading an expedition up the Mississippi River and into Arkansas. If you would like to go to the source of this information, you will have to read Spanish records of the time. In these records you will find a passage stating that the group found "350 weight of pearls plus figures of babies and birds made from irridescent shells" in Georgia.

This treasure was as the information was reported divided amongst the men and DeSoto. One of the foot soldier that received a cut of this booty was Juan Terron and his share was six pounds of pearls.

The expedition moved farther north and west but things were not going well the farther they went. The group was running out of food, growing weary and fighting off Indians. Juan Terron began to feel the extra six pounds of weigh from the pearls he was carry as a very large burden the more fatigued he became. He tried to strike a deal with a cavalryman to carry his pearls and he would give him half of the pearls. The man declines the generous offer of Juan Terron. Juan so exhausted and near starvation, could not handle this disappointing refusal. He then open his bag of pearls and held the above his head. He then began to twirl the bag of pearls around in a circle until all the pearls were gone.

The group still headed north and west with sickness abounding and Indian attacks on practically every turn. DeSoto finally could take no more and turned back at Caddo Gap in 1541. He died before he ever made it back to the Mississippi River. Juan Terron did not give up and kept trekking his way north and west. He made it to Tampico in 1542.

The records and legends both agree that the six pounds of pearls that Juan Terron throw away were valued at $12,000 in Spain during that time and of course would be worth considerably more in today’s market. If you are going out to search for these pearls, you should know that Caddo Gap is in Montgomery County, Arkansas west and a tad south of Hot Springs. DeSoto arrived at Caddo Gap a few miles north of Hot Springs and tried to return the same way.


The lost treasure of pearls on dry land.

 The lost treasure of pearls on dry land.

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