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
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.
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