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People have spoken of hidden Romanian treasures for generations. Some of these stories are terrible, but each tale involves mystery, curses, and legends. Some even speak of how entire subterranean galleries have collapsed, killing treasure hunters . Others mention strange unexplained phenomena related to the riches.
Countless Romanian Treasures and their Avid Seekers
Many great gold treasures have been found in Romania. One can mention here the “Hen with Golden Chicks” from the Pietroasele treasure , koson coins, and Dacian gold bracelets. Still, there are many other treasures which lie hidden, waiting to be found by archaeologists or by treasure hunters with metal detectors - which are illegal in Romania.
Dacian gold bracelets - some of the Romanian treasure that has been found. (Carpathianland / CC BY-SA 2.0 )
Stanca village has a forest which is searched by many people from all over the country hoping that they might find the treasure hidden there. This forest is located near Vama Sculeni, Iasi. According to local tales, communists have been digging in this forest in order to find the rest of the treasure of the local boyar (a high-ranking Russian aristocrat). In the year 1941, many kilograms of gold jewelry were found there. Today, treasure hunters still hope to find the rest of the hoard.
The Lost Treasures of Obrenovici and Maria Theresa
At Izverna, in Mehedinti, generations of treasure hunters have unearthed over 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of gold coins. According to legend, in the cave of Izverna, the treasures of Obrenovici and Maria Theresa have been hidden. The Serbian Prince named Obrenovici had argued with his brother Mihailo, so he came to Romania with 80 horses carrying bags full of gold. The treasure was hidden and all the Serbian soldiers who had come along with him were killed. The only clue to the place where the treasure was hidden is a stone with a snake carved on it. According to locals, the drinking water in the area is very good due to the large amount of silver which has been hidden inside the cave.
Another legend speaks about Veterani cave. Access to this cave is only possible by boat. According to treasure hunters, the famous silver treasure of Maria Theresa and the treasures of the Serbian tsar Obrenovici are said to be hidden in a cavern blocked with stones.
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Maria Theresa Obrenovici’s silver is said to be one of the hidden Romanian treasures.
Legends and Curses Around the Hidden Treasures of Romania
The Bottomless Lake is also surrounded by legends which speak of treasure. This lake is also called “The Pond of Oproiu” and it is located in Negresti village, in Mehedinti County. This lake never drains. According to local legends, in the distant past the villagers of Negresti threw boxes full of treasures inside the lake fearing attack . Few dare to go near the lake today because it is a paradise for snakes.
The Pond of Oproiu is said to be one of the locations of hidden Romanian treasures. ( Whitewizzard / Adobe)
In Romania, there are numerous legends speaking of hidden treasures. It is said that the one who discovers a certain treasure must respect various traditions and rituals or he or she will have a tragic end. In the area of Dobrogea, it is said that the only one who can dig up a treasure is the person who first discovered where it was hidden. In Banat, it is said that blue flames dance above places where treasures have been buried on Saint George’s night. Only a person who has seen the flames can find the treasure. Also, there are crosses near the places where treasures have been buried. At these crosses, terrible curses have been uttered.
Another interesting legend regarding treasure speaks of a certain place where a rock opens to reveal a treasure chamber. It is said that once in every seven years, after going seven times around the old fortress, the rock on Magura Beiului opens and there is a treasure chamber inside. A voice tempts the living to go inside and take some of the treasure. However, should they become greedy and linger there for too long the rock will close, trapping treasure hunters inside forever.
Places with Many Treasures
According to historians, the Banat area is hiding the most Romanian treasures. Throughout time, this area has been a border between rich countries and great empires. In the area of the caves of Banat, Constantin Brancoveanu hid more than 20,000 bags full of gold coins. He refused to tell Turks where this was, so he ended up being decapitated. And in Baragan there are countless cursed treasures . In this case, the people who find these treasures are said to die terrible deaths . Treasures have also been buried in Valcea by boyars. Near Baile Olanesti, the treasure of the monk Pahomie is said to have been buried near the monastery with the same name.
Cursed or not, legendary or real, numerous buried treasures still lie hidden in Romania, waiting to be found and shared with the world.
Banat Cave houses some of the hidden treasure of Romania. ( anepetkovic / Adobe)
120 tonnes) of the Romanian government sent to Russia for safekeeping during World War I. After the Romanian Army entered Bessarabia, at the time part of the Russian Empire, in early 1918, the new Soviet government that managed to rule Russia severed all diplomatic relations and confiscated the Romanian Treasure. As of today, only part of the objects and none of the gold reserves have been returned. 
10 Mysterious Lost Treasures of the World
As a kid, everyone, at some point or another, dreams of being Indiana Jones. Wouldn&rsquot it be great to go on adventures and find lost treasures? Unfortunately, for starters, that&rsquos not how archaeology works. And in addition, there are probably not many hidden treasures left, especially in this day and age when so much of the world has been explored and populated. But what if there are hidden treasures out there, just waiting to be found? Here&rsquos a list of some long lost treasures that you could go out and find today.
The Alamo is remembered for many things, including the famous battle cry reminding Texans they should remember it. The old Franciscan mission is located in San Antonio, and was the sight of one of the most famous battles in American history, when 188 men, including Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett, tried to fight off the powerful Mexican army of Santa Ana. What most people probably do not know is the legend of a massive treasure of gold and silver said to be buried somewhere on the grounds of the Alamo.
Many people, such as historical researcher and fortune hunter Frank Buschbacher, believe that in an effort to wage a revolution against Mexico and declare Texas independence, men like Bowie and Crockett had actually brought millions of dollars worth of treasure to the Alamo. The money was meant to raise an army and pay for their oncoming war. The treasure was called the San Saba treasure and it was lost when all 188 men lost their lives in that famous battle. Those who believe the treasure exists think the men buried it beneath the compound. Buschbacher has actually excavated areas around the Alamo, but not a trace of gold or silver has ever been found.
Dutch Schultz is one of the most famous mobsters in American history. He was a prohibition era gangster who ran in the same circles as guys like Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. He was said to have amassed a massive fortune from his wicked deeds. His fortune vanished without a trace after he began to feel the heat of federal prosecution. It is believed that he decided to hide away his treasure somewhere in the Catskill Mountain range. When Schultz was gunned down in 1935, the location of his vast fortune died with him.
There are different opinions about what happened to his treasure, or even how much there actually was. Most estimates put his fortune anywhere between five to ten million dollars, which he stashed away in an iron box somewhere in the heavily forested area of Phoenicia, New York. Some believe his treasure was hidden close to Esopus Creek, which could explain why it has never been found. Over the decades since Schultz hid away his fortune, the area has had numerous floods, which in all likelihood would have washed away the treasure. Still, it&rsquos interesting to think that a leisurely hike through that area of the Catskills could make you a millionaire.
Victorio Peak is a part of the southern Rocky Mountains, located in New Mexico. Over the years, it has been used extensively by the United States government as it lies within the White Sands Missile Range where the government once tested nuclear weapons. Before it was taken over by the government, however, the area was open to the public. That is when&mdashin 1937&mdashDoc and Babe Noss entered the scene.
As the story goes, they were with friends deer hunting when Doc discovered an old shaft in the side of Victorio Peak. He and Babe returned later and explored the shaft finding skeletons, gold, jewels, and historical artifacts awaiting them. In 1938 the Noss&rsquos established legal ownership of the find, and stories began to float that Doc had found either Casa del Cueva de Oro or the treasure of Don Juan de Onate, the man who founded New Mexico as a Spanish colony. In 1939, in an attempt to expand the passageway, Doc was advised to use dynamite, which went about as poorly as it could have, collapsing the shaft altogether. Noss was never able to regain entry into the mine, and was killed in 1949 by a would-be partner after he and Babe had divorced. To this day the Noss family continues to try to regain entrance to the shaft, but no gold has ever been found. There are some rumors that the government expanded the missile range to include Victorio Peak and took the gold to Fort Knox, but there is no documentation supporting this claim.
Apparently if you want to find a lost treasure in the United States, your best bet is to check out the Rocky Mountains and the southwest, as this next treasure brings us to the town of Kanab, Utah, which is said to be the home of the Montezuma Treasure. Montezuma, the legendary leader of the Aztecs, was a man in possession of an incredible fortune. It was taken after he was killed during a battle with the Spanish led by Cortez. Millions of dollars worth of jewels and gold were removed from Montezuma&rsquos treasure room by his own people in order to keep it away from Cortez.
So why do people think the massive treasure of an Aztec leader wound up in Utah? It turns out in 1914, a prospector found an etching made on the side of a cliff that matched a marking on an old treasure map that was said to lead to Montezuma&rsquos treasure. The prospector&mdasha man named Freddy Crystal&mdashtracked down a descendent of Montezuma to interpret the map, and it was determined the topography did in fact match Kanab. Crystal actually convinced the townspeople to help him secretly search for the gold with the promise of sharing any findings, and eventually they did manage to find a system of caves and tunnels running through the mountain. It was laced with booby traps, but no gold was ever found, leading to the common belief that if the treasure had ever been there to begin with, it had either been moved by the Aztecs or discovered by some absurdly fortunate spelunker.
Anyone who has seen the movie Goodfellas is familiar with the Lufthansa heist, which is believed to have been the biggest cash robbery in United States history. It happened on December 11, 1978 at JFK International Airport, where an estimated five million in cash and $875,000 in jewels were taken. To put that in perspective, adjusting for inflation that&rsquos a robbery worth over twenty million dollars today. The heist was carried out by mobsters including Henry Hill, who would later be portrayed by Ray Liotta, and to this day no jewels or currency have ever been recovered.
One of the reasons it has never been recovered, of course, is due to the very violent ends many of the men who participated in the heist met. These deaths were ordered by Jimmy Burke, who orchestrated the crime and realized the theft would generate a massive federal investigation. As part of his plan to clean up, he had almost every member of his crew murdered to keep them quiet. Some of the money from the heist was believed to have been spent and used in drug deals, but the vast majority was never found.
At first you might think something called the Amber Room is a high class gentleman&rsquos club. It&rsquos actually one of the most sought after lost treasures in history. The room, which is a small space created entirely out of amber panels with gold leaf and mirrors, was built in the 18th century for Friedrich I, the first king of Prussia. It was eventually gifted to Peter the Great, and remained in the possession of Russia until World War II. People who saw the Amber Room often referred to it as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
And then, it vanished. As it turns out, the curators in charge of protecting the Amber Room during the war attempted to hide it under wallpaper due to its fragile state, but that did not stop the Nazis from looting this nearly priceless treasure. It was then brought to Konigsberg Castle in Germany, but in 1944 Allied forces destroyed the city and left the castle in ruin&mdashthe Amber Room was lost forever. To this day, no one is entirely sure what happened to the room, though utter destruction seems the likeliest explanation. Still, it has become the subject of popular mythology. It also carries with it a supposed curse, as several people who either possessed or hunted for the Amber Room have met with untimely and very curious deaths.
In 1502, a Portuguese ship called the Flor do Mar, or Flower of the Sea , was constructed. Commanded by Vasco de Gamma&rsquos brother Estavao, the ship was part of a Portuguese voyage to India in 1505. The ship took part in several sea battles over the next six years until, in 1511, it was lost in a storm.
Now, the idea of a warship with such a storied history alone would make for this being an intriguing lost treasure, but of course there is more to the story. Most notably the fact that the Flor do Mar was carrying a boatload of spoils from a recent victory. The fortune on board was said to be enormous, making the Flor do Mar the most sought after lost shipwreck in history. The ship is said to have carried the treasure of the Melaka kingdom, located in modern day Malaysia, which reportedly included more than sixty tons of gold.
Back in the early 1930s, a Mexican millionaire named Leon Trabuco arranged several secret and mysterious flights in the desert of New Mexico. At the time, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression, and with the value of the dollar about to plunge, the price of gold was about to explode. So Trabuco and a few business partners were said to have secretly bought up as much gold as they could and smuggled it into the US, waiting for the gold prices to soar so that they could sell it and make an insanely large profit.
All told, it&rsquos believed they accumulated more than sixteen tons of gold and hid it in that New Mexico desert. Rather than taking advantage and selling their gold, Trabuco and his partners held onto their bounty with the hopes the prices would continue to go up. However, they gravely miscalculated the impact of the Gold Act, as it carried with it the stipulation that private ownership of gold would be illegal, leaving Trabuco stuck. Like so many other treasures, this one supposedly carried with it a curse. Three of Trabuco&rsquos partners were dead within five years, and when Trabuco himself died, the knowledge of the location of the giant stash of gold died with him.
In 1996, archaeologists discovered a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina, less than a mile and a half from the shore and sitting a mere twenty-five feet (7.6 meters) below sea level. It is not particularly uncommon to find a shipwreck, but this is possibly one of the biggest nautical finds in the history of treasure hunting. That&rsquos because many people believe the ship was the Queen Anne&rsquos Revenge , also known as the flagship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. In 1718, the Queen Anne&rsquos Revenge blockaded the port of Charleston and soon after it ran aground on a sandbar.
So what&rsquos the big deal? Well, for starters, Blackbeard was a wildly successful and rich pirate, and the location of his largest and most prized ship, some believe, means his vast fortune must have been located nearby on the North Carolina coast. Since the wreck was found&mdashand it should be noted, it has not yet been confirmed to have been the Queen Anne&rsquos Revenge&mdashnot an ounce of gold has been found near or on the ship. Before he died, Blackbeard was questioned about the location of his gold, leading him to say, &ldquoOnly I and the devil know.&rdquo
In recent years, the Knights Templar and its treasure has been made famous in both Hollywood and in numerous books. It is one of the most famous and mysterious treasures in history. The Knights Templar formed in A.D. 1114, and over the following years accumulated a massive fortune, which has never been found.
In the early 14th century, the Templars were ordered to be arrested, and those who escaped this capture and torture reportedly gathered the remaining treasure and loaded it onto ships to unknown destinations. A common belief is that the remaining Templars took their treasure to Scotland, and from there, it eventually found its way to Nova Scotia. Rumors persist of a vast money pit on Oak Island in that province of Canada, where it is believed by some that the Templars hid their money amidst booby traps. The search has continued on Oak Island over the years, and in fact originally the treasure in the Money Pit was apparently believed to have belonged to the infamous Captain Kidd. But as more of Kidd&rsquos treasure has been found, it is now believed that the Pit contains the Templar riches.
Montezuma’s gold hidden in Kanab? History Channel goes on Aztec treasure hunt in Kane County
SOUTHERN UTAH – H2, a History Channel network, will air a new episode of the hit show “America Unearthed” Saturday night. The episode, which follows host Scott Wolter’s search for Montezuma’s legendary treasure, was filmed in Kanab.
“In this episode, Scott receives a tip that the legendary treasure of Montezuma’s Gold — the entire treasure of the Aztec empire — may be hidden in Southern Utah ,” a press release from H2 said.
The production company behind the show worked with the Kane County Film Commission in producing the episode. Kanab resident Lon Childs is featured in the show, discussing Montezuma’s legendary treasure as he opens his property, located north of Kanab, to the film crew and the show’s host.
In the episode, entitled “Montezuma’s Gold,” forensic geologist Wolter receives a mysterious package indicating that a legendary treasure is hidden in Southern Utah. When a journalist explains to Wolter that the entire treasure of the Aztec empire may be hidden in a manmade tunnel system in Kane County, Wolter sets out for sunny Southern Utah on a quest to separate fact from fiction and, just maybe, find the fabulous treasure that has eluded historians and treasure hunters for centuries.
Scott Wolter, host of “America Unearthed,” searches for Montezuma’s treasure, Kanab, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of H2, St. George News
“Through the investigation,” the press release said, “Scott learns about the Aztec king Montezuma, cryptic symbols possibly used for navigation, and a deadly curse that may be all too real.”
As Wolter prepares to dive into the depths of a haunted underwater chamber in scenic Southern Utah, he may unearth not only Montezuma’s legendary treasure but the very secrets of the Aztec Empire.
The Haunted and Cursed Treasures of the Pirate Captain Kidd
There has long been a certain allure to the idea of pirates and their various escapades, and such tales have colored history throughout the centuries. Such stories have been around a long time, and hold mystery, intrigue, and the romantic idea of grand, swashbuckling adventures on the high seas. Among these, there is perhaps no name in the world of pirates as infamous as that of the 17th Scottish pirate captain William Kidd, also known as Captain William Kidd or just Captain Kidd. Once a hunter of pirates who then went over to the dark side to become one himself, throughout the course of his career as a privateer Kidd was known for his savagery and for the vast amounts of treasure he is said to have stolen from countless merchant vessels, which would eventually lead to his capture and execution in 1701, yet before that he was said to have hidden away large stashes of his loot all up and down the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys. Indeed, Captain Kidd’s buried treasures have become as famous as the man himself, and have spurred numerous searches for them over the centuries by both professionals and amateurs, all further fueled when some of this gold was found at Gardiner’s Island, New York. However, many of the locations where the lost Captain Kidd treasures are said to have been buried are supposedly haunted, cursed, or both.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and notorious of Captain Kidd’s cursed treasures supposedly lies at Charles Island, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, at Silver Sands State Park and just offshore from the town of Milford. The island itself had a rather dark and mysterious reputation even before Kidd ever landed here. It is in appearance rather unassuming and nondescript, just a slash of uninhabited sandy rocks connected to the mainland by a sliver of a sandbar that fades and reappears with the tides, measuring just 14 acres in area and where nesting flocks of birds lazily lounge about without any human interference, but although one might not think much of this place it has the rather dark distinction of having been cursed more than once throughout its history. The first time begins with the local chief of the Paugusset tribe of Native Americans, who according to legend was so upset by the invasion of white settlers that in 1639 he vehemently cursed the island to never accept the whites, to shun them and cause their structures to disintegrate and blow away in the wind. Interestingly, the land is indeed rather too unstable for building permanent structures upon, and it has in fact never been inhabited for long despite failed efforts in the past.
This curse was enough to keep most people away from the island for quite some time, but not everyone. In 1699, the legendary Scottish pirate Captain William Kidd stopped by these shores and supposedly offloaded a huge trove of stolen treasure here, supposedly cursing the treasure to bring misfortune and death upon anyone who would try to dig it up, before sailing off on his final voyage towards Boston, that would end up with him captured and finally executed for his numerous crimes. It is unknown how much truth any of these sensational stories have, and no treasure has officially ever been found on this speck of land despite numerous efforts by treasure hunters to locate it, but there are certainly some wild tales about the treasure and the curses. One popular local piece of lore is that two treasure hunters actually managed to unearth a hoard of treasure on the island in 1850, but that as soon as they opened it they were met with fierce blue fire shooting forth and were attacked by the intimidating presence of an immense flaming skeleton that bore down upon them from above. They managed to escape, but are said to have had their sanity subsequently degrade and corrode to the point that they spent the rest of their years locked away in an insane asylum. Another frightening account of the cursed treasure of Charles Island was written of by the historian Charles M. Skinner in 1896, who writes:
Charles Island, near Milford, Connecticut, was dug into one night by a company from that town that had learned of Kidd’s visit to it — and what could Kidd be doing ashore unless he was burying money? The lid of an iron chest had been uncovered when the figure of a headless man came bounding out of the air, and the work was discontinued right then. The figure leaped into the pit that had been dug, and blue flames poured out of it. When the diggers returned, their spades and picks were gone and the ground was smooth.
It is all a creepy tale to be sure, and to this day the island is often mentioned as being haunted by the ghosts of Natives and Captain Kidd himself, and whether any of this lore holds any truth or not, it is all spooky at the very least. Quite a few locations said to hold Kidd’s hoard are actually rumored to have spirit guardians that will chase treasure seekers away or worse. Another spot on Appledore, in the Isles of Shoals in Maine, is supposedly home to a very mean glowing, pale faced apparition with a red ring around his neck called “Old Bab,” who according to the tale was murdered by Captain Kidd in this spot specifically so that his ghost may perpetually act as a sentry against thieves and who will aggressively chase them away. Many of these ghosts are former crewmates of Kidd, and in some cases, there are more than one ghost guarding the treasure, as is the case with the treasure said to be hidden in Money Hill, on Shark River, New Jersey. This particular treasure purportedly has no fewer than half a dozen spectral guardians, including ones in old fashioned sailors garb and others that appear as moldy skeletons, also thought to be the spirits of Kidd’s men.
Other spectral treasure guardians of Kidd’s treasures are more mysterious. One spot near the Piscataqua River, which defines the border between Maine and New Hampshire, is said to have a portion of the treasure, which is guarded by a “monster horse” that will charge treasure hunters and then evaporate into thin air. The only way to avoid this is said to read scripture from the Bible as one digs. Likewise, the alleged treasure at Lion’s Rock, near Lyme, Connecticut, is said to also be guarded, this time by a demon that can also only be turned away by reading from the Bible. The treasure at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a Native woman who will angrily throw stones at trespassers. On the North Shore of Liberty Island, in New York Harbor, is a supposedly the resting place of a good amount of treasure, but something terrible seems to guard it, as Skinner writes:
A flat rock on the north shore of Liberty Island, in New York harbor, was also thought to mark the place of this pervasive wealth of the pirates. As late as 1830, Sergeant Gibbs, one of the garrison at the island, tried to unearth it, with the aid of a fortune-teller and a recruit, but they had no sooner reached a box about four feet in length than a being with wings, horns, tail, and a breath, the latter palpable in blue flames, burst from the coffer. Gibbs fell unconscious into the water and narrowly escaped drowning, while his companions ran away, and the treasure may still be there for aught we know.
Other places of Kidd’s buried treasure have different sorts of legends surrounding them. Take the craggy, sweeping cliff called Cro’ Nest, on the Hudson River. Here high upon the sheer rock surface is a knob of rock, which is said to be a sort of plug to a cavern that leads to vast reserves of Kidd’s treasure. It is located 200 feet up a steep, inaccessible cliff, and no one can even figure out how any treasure could have been hauled up there in the first place, yet here it is said to lie. The cliff face is said to be protected by a curse, which keeps anyone from reaching that plug of stone, and send them falling to their deaths, but if one were to manage to disgorge that rock they supposedly will be greeted by a veritable fountain of gold, coins, and diamonds. As of yet, no one has managed to pry it loose, and it is unknown is it is even a real gateway to treasure or merely a weird looking rock.
These are perhaps all just spooky legends surrounding the larger than life persona of Captain Kidd. Maybe they are just scary sailor’s stories and there is nothing more to them than legend and myth. Yet people keep hunting for the fabled treasures of captain Kidd, most often without success but with that siren call of the promise of great wealth and lost history always drawing them in. There is no way to know if the stories of ghosts and curses orbiting these lost stashes of loot are real or not, but they do serve as historical oddities, add an eerie layer to the legacy of Captain Kidd, and do not seem to deter those who would find these treasure troves.
3. The Treasure of Lima
In 1820 the Spanish controlled city of Lima in Peru was on the edge of revolt. It was decided that the city’s jewels, gold, and other treasures should be sent to Mexico for safekeeping. Captain William Thompson, commander of the Mary Dear, was put in charge of transporting the riches to Mexico but the temptation of the treasure proved too much for him. Thompson and his crew turned pirate, sailing to Cocos Island off the coast of present day Costa Rica where they buried their loot. Apprehended by a Spanish warship soon afterward, all except Thompson and his first mate were executed for piracy. The two said they would show the Spaniards where they had hidden the treasure in return for their lives but instead escaped into the Cocos jungle. The £35 million worth of treasure remains buried somewhere on the island.
Romanain language lesson: Romanian curses
Two words appear in most of the Romanian curses: “naiba” and “dracu”.
Both mean “devil” with the difference that “naiba” is less strong than “dracu”.
The word “naiba” has a Turkish etymology (“naibe”) and reached Romanian through the gypsy word “naibah”. “Naiba” is more a generic curse word than the proper name of the devil.
The word “dracul” has a Latin etymology (“draco”) and appears with similar forms in Istro‑Romanian (“drac”) or Aromanian (“dracu”, “darac”). In the spoken language, it is used the form with the ending “u” instead of “ul”: dracu' instead of dracul.
Du-te dracului / la dracu'! (Go to hell)
Du-te naibii / la naiba! (Go to hell) – less strong than “Du-te dracului / la dracu'!”
The words “naibii” and “dracului” are considered the dative forms of “naiba” and “dracul”. These dative forms are usually preceded:
1) by a verb that requires the dative (like “a da”, “a transmite”, “a răspunde”, “a spune”):
Dă dracului / naibii asta mai departe!
Spune dracului / naibii mai repede!
2) by a normal verb (that does not require the dative case)
Fă dracului / naibii asta mai repede!
Ia dracului / naibii asta de aici!
In this case, the forms “dracului” and “naibii” cannot be replaced by “la dracu'” or “la naiba”.
*Fă la dracu / la naiba asta!
We can replace the dative forms “dracului” and “naibii” by “la dracu'” or “la naiba” only when these words have a meaning of place. In the structures:
Du-te dracului / la dracu'! (Go to hell)
Du-te naibii / la naiba! (Go to hell),
the words “dracului / naibii / la dracu' / la naiba” are referring to a kind of place where the cursed person should go (i.e. to the hell). In this situation the forms “la naiba” and “la dracu” can replace the dative forms “naibii” and “dracului”.
The forms “la naiba / la dracu” can be used in any kind of questions beginning with a relative adverb or pronoun: “ce” (what), “când” (when), “cum” (how), “unde” (where), “care” (what) etc. These words are generally inserted between the relative adverb or pronoun and the verb.
Ce naiba vrei? (What the hell do you want?)
Ce dracu' vrei? (What the hell do you want?)
Unde naiba vrei să mergi? (Where the hell do you wanna go?)
Unde dracu' vrei să mergi? (Where the hell do you wanna go?)
Other Romanian curses imply the genital organs: “pizdă” (female organ) and “pulă” (male organ). The word “pulă” has a Latin etymology (pulla) and “pizdă” has a Slavic origin, having the same form in Slovenian, Czech, Polish and Russian. Being feminine words, the possessive adjective should agree with the noun in the feminine: “pula mea”, “pizda mea”.
“Dicționarul etimologic al limbii române” (Etymological Dictionary of Romanian language), Alexandru Ciorănescu, București, 2005
Legend [ edit | edit source ]
In the early 16th century, during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in Mexico, the Aztecs placed 882 identical pieces of Aztec gold in a stone chest which they gave to the conquistador Hernán Cortés as "blood money paid to stem the slaughter he wreaked upon them with his armies." But instead of satisfying Cortés, it merely fueled his greed. In response, the heathen gods placed a curse upon the gold: any mortal who removed a piece of the gold from the chest would be punished for eternity. The only way to lift the curse was to return all the Aztec gold pieces to the chest and a blood debt repaid to the heathen gods. Ultimately, the treasure of Cortés would end up in the caves of Isla de Muerta, an island of the dead that could only be found by those who knew where it was. ΐ] According to legend, after a ship carrying the treasure ran aground on the island, killing all but one of its crew, the lone survivor hid the treasure ashore before dying himself. Ever since then, the dark magic of the treasure cursed the island itself over time. Α]
There the treasure remained, and became one of many legends in the Caribbean. The voodoo mystic Tia Dalma appeared to have been aware of its existence, particularly when she gave a veiled warning to a young Jack Sparrow, shortly after Jack's adventure involving the spirit of Cortés. Β] It would also be a matter of discussion several times in Jack's young adult life. Γ]
Quest for the Aztec Gold [ edit | edit source ]
Captain Jack Sparrow, not swayed by the tales of the curse, intended on finding the treasure of Cortés aboard the Black Pearl. Jack had heard rumors that the treasure was cursed, but luckily for him, Hector Barbossa and his crew marooned him before he could take his share of the gold. Upon first hearing about the curse from Jack, the crew ended up not believing in the curse, with Barbossa himself having said, "Ridiculous superstition!" Δ]
Becoming Cursed [ edit | edit source ]
Captain Barbossa touching the cursed treasure.
Using the bearings acquired from Jack Sparrow, Captain Hector Barbossa and his crew were able to find Isla de Muerta. There, they found the stone chest and, along with Barbossa's pet monkey Jack, summarily stole all 882 pieces of the Aztec gold, an act which the crew would later regret. Captain Barbossa and his crew would then spent all 882 pieces of the Aztec gold on drink, food, and pleasurable company. Soon afterwards, the crew realized that they fell under the curse, suffering a living death in which they cannot feel or taste anything, and when they step into the moonlight, they become walking skeletons. Finally aware that it was the Aztec gold pieces that placed the curse upon them, Barbossa's crew returned to Isla de Muerta to find a way to lift the curse and end their punishment. There, they found out that the curse could be reversed only when every last piece of the Aztec gold was returned to the stone chest from which it came. ΐ]
It wasn't until Bootstrap Bill Turner was sent to the depths did the crew learned of an additional requirement: that all who stole from the chest had to pay the heathen gods in blood, which now seemed impossible with Bootstrap lost to them. But a chance of hope lied on Turner's child, who had both his gold medallion and Turner blood in his veins. Thus, Barbossa's crew set about, attempting to reclaim all 882 pieces of the treasure. ΐ]
Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann with the treasure.
Lifting the Curse [ edit | edit source ]
Ten years had already passed since the cursed crew started their quest, having collected all but one of the gold pieces and had already given their blood to the gold. However, the crew still needed the last coin as well as blood of Bootstrap Bill Turner from his only child. Days after Barbossa's crew led an attack on Port Royal, the Black Pearl arrived to Isla de Muerta. At this point, Barbossa's men had obtained the final Aztec gold medallion from Elizabeth Swann, whom they believed to be a descendant of Bootstrap Bill. Standing with the treasure in the caves of Isla de Muerta, Barbossa used Elizabeth to perform the blood ritual to lift the curse. However, after the ritual was performed, the entire crew didn't feel any different and realized that Elizabeth was not the child of Bootstrap Bill. The crew then began to argue amongst themselves on their unsuccessful attempt to lift the curse until Barbossa realized that Elizabeth had taken the medallion and escaped to the Interceptor. With the help of their old, left for dead captain Jack Sparrow, the crew was able to catch up with the Interceptor and retrieved the medallion. ΐ]
All the scattered gold pieces restored.
By the time the Black Pearl returned to Isla de Muerta, Barbossa's crew had Will Turner, the true descendant of Bootstrap Bill Turner, as their prisoner. Entering the caves of Isla de Muerta, Barbossa once again aimed to lift their curse, this time with the intention of killing Will Turner and using his blood in the ritual. But before they could perform the ritual, Jack Sparrow interrupted, warning Barbossa's crew that the HMS Dauntless was offshore waiting for them. To make his point of attacking, Jack picked up a handful of coins from the chest, then dropping the coins one-by-one back into the chest, the clink of gold hitting gold emphasizing Jack's words. Barbossa then sent all of his crewmen for attack, save for three men. ΐ] But only Will saw Jack slyly slip one coin up through his fingers. Having anticipated the battle to come, Jack figured as insurance he might as well make himself immortal just in case. Ε]
Barbossa, Will, and Jack waited in the caves for the slaughter to end, until Jack tossed Will a sword to fight Barbossa's men, while Jack dueled with Barbossa. During their fierce battle around the treasure cave, Jack revealed to Barbossa that he was cursed having secretly palmed a piece of the Aztec gold. Though they were both immortal, Jack and Barbossa continued their fight through the caves. After Will defeats the pirates, with the help of Elizabeth Swann, Jack cuts his hand, putting his blood on his piece of the gold, and threw his coin to Will. Jack then shoots Barbossa in the heart just as Will dropped the last two gold pieces, with his blood on his coin, onto the chest, thereby lifting the Aztec curse. Becoming mortal once more, Barbossa dies. ΐ]
Jack the Monkey before stealing the treasure.
After the Curse was Lifted [ edit | edit source ]
Back on the Dauntless, Barbossa's crew reverted to normal and surrendered to the Dauntless crew, who survived the battle in victory. Although the surviving members of Barbossa's crew were captured by the British Royal Navy, some would later escape and returned to Isla de Muerta, where they became cursed once more, vowing revenge against Jack Sparrow. Ζ] At some point in time, Barbossa's pet monkey Jack would appear in the cave, where he would take a piece of the Aztec gold and became cursed once again. ΐ]
Disappearance [ edit | edit source ]
Some time later, the entire island of the dead was swallowed into the sea, taking all the treasure along with it, effectively vanishing from the face of the earth. Η] At some point after becoming captain of the Black Pearl once again, Jack Sparrow's crew visited the island to see if they could get the treasure. But as the island was taken by the sea, there was no such luck. Only Barbossa's monkey Jack survived this ordeal and found itself aboard the Pearl. ⎖]
Seven of the World’s Most Cursed Islands
From Hawaii to the Mediterranean, and from the lakes of Canada down to the tropics of Malaysia these islands are some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. However, our focus here is not on beaches. Rather, we’ll be investigating the tales of vengeance and murder that lurk behind the palm trees, the restless ghosts that haunt the golden sands.
Join us as we take a look at seven cursed islands from around the world.
Italy’s “Isola della Gaiola” lies just off the coast of Naples, and is formed from two small, scenic islets. The location was held in high regard by the ancient Romans, who built a temple to Venus on the smaller of the two islets — known then as “Euplea.”
The larger islet holds a villa, abandoned now, while the smaller is scattered with Roman-era ruins. There are stories that Virgil, the legendary poet and reputed magician, spent some years here teaching his students on Gaiola Island.
From the early 19th century, there are stories about a hermit who lived on Gaiola Island, or, as he was known then, the “Wizard.” It was not long after this that the present-day villa was constructed on the larger of the two islets, to be connected to its twin by way of a narrow bridge.
Gaiola Island, Naples, Italy (photograph by Baku)
The island’s curse doesn’t get mentioned until later, when a story emerged to explain the premature deaths suffered by so many of the island’s subsequent inhabitants.
In the 1920s, the villa on Gaiola Island was owned by the Swiss businessman Hans Braun. He was later found murdered on the island, his body wrapped up in a rug. Not long after, his wife drowned in the sea. The next owner was German Otto Grunback who was taken by a heart attack while living on the island. Maurice-Yves Sandoz, another owner, would later commit suicide in a Swiss mental hospital. The next, a German industrialist by the name of Baron Karl Paul Langheim, was plunged into economic ruin and disaster.
Years later, the head of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, would buy the island villa. Not long after, his only son committed suicide, leaving him with no heir. When he began grooming his nephew Umberto Agnelli to take over the company, Umberto contracted a rare form of cancer and died at the age of 33. The multi-billionaire Paul Getty was the next to buy the island, just a little while before his grandson was kidnapped. The last investor to attempt to tame Gaiola was Gianpasquale Grappone… who ended up being incarcerated when his insurance company collapsed.
Nowadays, the villa on Gaiola Island remains uninhabited as it slowly falls into ruin.
The linked islands, with Gaiola on the right (via Google Maps)
Hawaii, United States
The Palmyra Atoll is located roughly 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, and it has no permanent human population. On August 30, 1974 however, it was the site of at least one grisly murder.
Palmyra North Beach, Hawaii (photograph by Clarkma5)
Eleanor “Muff” Graham and her husband Malcolm decided to camp on one of the islands as they were yachting around the Pacific. Here they encountered ex-convict Buck Duane Walker, who was sailing through the atoll that summer with his girlfriend Stephanie Stearns.
On August 30, the Grahams invited their neighbors aboard their own yacht, the “Sea Wind,” for dinner. The two guests arrived, and later claimed to have found the boat empty — the Graham couple seemed to be still out on a fishing trip. Waiting until the morning, Walker and Stearns eventually suspected that the Grahams had met with an accident, and they sailed the yacht back to Hawaii.
Eleanor Graham’s body was discovered in 1981 when a human skull washed up on a beach near the site of the supposed fishing accident. The rest of her bones were discovered inside an aluminum box along the coast, and forensic tests suggest that she was beaten over the head, dismembered, and had her face burnt using a welding torch.
In 1985, Buck Duane Walker was found guilty of the murder of Muff Graham. The body of Malcolm Graham III however, has never been found.
Palmyra Atoll from the air (photograph by Erik Oberg)
On this quiet, peaceful atoll, the gruesome events of that night were enough to add fresh fuel to myths of a curse that had long been attached to the island. It’s not uncommon to hear Pacific travelers speak of the “Palmyra curse,” and dating back to WWII there have been reports of boats and aircraft disappearing in the area around the Palmyra Atoll. Testifying at the trial of Buck Duane Walker, the geologist Norman Sanders commented:
“Palmyra is one of the last uninhabited islands in the Pacific. The island is a very threatening place. It is a hostile place.”
A shipwreck off the coast of Palmyra Atoll (via USFWS Pacific)
The Langkawi Islands off the coast of Malaysia are where verdant rain forests, scenic waterfalls, and white sand beaches belie a sordid tale of jealousy, murder, and supernatural vengeance.
Langkawi island hopping (photograph by Emran Kassim)
Despite lush, tropical forests that are believed to have existed for as long as 450 million years, Langkawi has only recently become a popular tourist destination with the construction of their first duty free port in the late 1980s.
Before that, these islands were largely avoided by locals who feared their curse. Legend has it that a beautiful island girl called Mahsuri, married to the warrior known as Wan Darus, had once lived on the island. During the time of the Burmese-Siamese War (towards the end of the 18th century), Wan Darus was called away — and some time later, Mahsuri offered shelter to a handsome traveller named Deraman.
Though her offer was made out of pure generosity, other women on the island grew jealous of Mahsuri’s handsome visitor — and stories soon spread about an alleged affair. When one day their jealousy grew to a peak, Mahsuri’s neighbors attacked her, stabbing the girl to death in a rice field.
Cenang Island, Langkawi, Malaysia (photograph by Loke Seng Hon)
According to the story, Mahsuri placed a curse on the island as she lay dying in that field she vowed that the island would be destroyed, and see no prosperity for a full seven generations. Not long after that, more and more of the superstitious islanders began to leave and the Langkawi Islands were largely abandoned for decades. It is only now, more than seven generations after the supposed murder, that locals — and tourists — are returning to the islands once more.
Peche Island sits on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, and despite being located just alongside urban Detroit, Michigan, it remains uninhabited to this day. The reason? Well, one of the more popular local explanations for the lack of life on the island is a century-old curse.
A local myth tells of the formation of Peche Island: it was created from the drifting body of a Prophet, the Keeper of the Gates of the Lakes, who was cast into the waters of Lake Huron by the warring winds.
The story of the curse arrived much later. Around the turn of the 19th century, a French Canadian family by the name of Laforet established a homestead on the island. By 1883, they were involved in a property feud with a businessman, grocer, and whiskey distiller by the name of Hiram Walker.
According to the surviving Laforet descendants, in the fall of 1883 a group of Walker men forced their way into the home of the heiress Rosalie Laforet, forcing her to sign over the property deed to Hiram Walker. “They threw $300 on the table and told Rosalie to be out by spring of 1883,” wrote a Laforet family source.
Over the following months, there came attacks on the island, and the winter stores were ruined. Eventually the Laforet family was forced to depart their home in despair. As she left Peche Island, it is said that Rosalie Laforet, who was familiar with “the ways of the natives,” placed a curse upon the land: “No one will ever do anything with the island!” she is said to have cried.
The Walkers moved in soon enough, building a vast mansion reported to have a total of 40 (or by some accounts, 54) rooms, an orchard, a carriage house, and a golf course.
The Walker triumph, however, was short lived.
West Peche Island beach (photograph by Jodelli)
The lawyer son Willis Walker died not long after he had handled the purchase, at the age of only 28. Hiram Walker himself suffered a stroke, before passing away in 1899. Another son, Edward Chandler Walker, died at a young age in 1915. By 1926, when prohibition saw an end to the family distillery business, the Walker dynasty had more or less faded from history.
In 1929, the Walker mansion burned to the ground, and today the island remains desolate and uninhabited save visiting boaters – in exactly the same state that it was when Rosalie Laforet uttered the words of her curse.
Foundation of the Walker mansion on Peche Island in 2012 (photograph by jodelli/Flickr user)
Lokrum is one of a series of beautiful islands off the coast of Croatia. Just 2,000 feet from the port of Dubrovnik, it has long been inhabited, with recorded mentions dating back as early as the 11th century, when Lokrum was the site of a Benedictine abbey and monastery. The monks took advantage of the favorable climate by harvesting exotic fruits on the island. This gave birth to its name, “Lokrum,” coming from the Latin “acrumen,” meaning a sour fruit.
Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia (photograph by Bracodbk)
Stories about the island’s history vary, though one popular telling has it that Lokrum was once struck by widespread fires. The locals prayed to Saint Benedict, vowing to build a monastery if their homes were saved. According to the legend, their prayers were answered by heavy rain, which extinguished the fires, and so the abbey and monastery were built.
When the French came in 1798, the monks were ordered off the island, and as the last Benedictines left in 1808, they supposedly held a mass during which the island was cursed. By 1859, the island was the property of the Habsburgs, and Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand had a regal mansion and botanical gardens constructed on Lokrum. When he later became Emperor of Mexico, and was executed not long after, locals were quick to blame it on the curse.
Even today, the people of Dubrovnik are delighted to share tales of fishing boats swallowed by the sea, or of pleasure seekers who visited Lokrum Island overnight… never to be seen again.
View of Lokrum Island from Dubrovnik (photograph by Col Ford and Natasha de Vere)
The South Pacific has long been home to stories of witch doctors and their spells, but few such stories have had such widespread effect as the “Curse of the Cook Islands.”
In 1911, the New Zealander William John Wigmore leased a plot of land from the Cook Islander More Uriatua. More decided later that he wanted his land back, and refused to give his approval to the intended copra plantation. An argument ensued, and Wigmore shot More dead. Wigmore was deported, and in 1913 More’s daughter, Metua A More, is said to have placed a curse on the island.
Rarotonga Beach, Cook Islands, New Zealand (photograph by Tristanb)
The exact terms of that curse stated that any business venture conducted at the plot of land known as Vaimaanga would be fated to ruin. It seemed to work, too. In the 1950s and 60s, plans to construct a commercial citrus orchard fell flat on their face, as did a proposed herb plantation and a later pineapple growing business.
In the late 1980s the Sheraton hotel chain bought the land, and invested more than $60 million into an intended holiday resort. The project was plagued by setbacks though, dogged by one failure after another, until a point where an estimated $120 million had been pumped into the doomed endeavor.
On May 25, 1990, a full 77 years after the initial curse was placed, Metua’s grandson More Rua returned to the spot in order to reinforce the curse. Dressed in the Kakau and Rakei Taunga, the ceremonial dress of a Cook Island high priest, Rua conducted the ritual armed with a war spear.
Avarua Rarotonga, Cook Islands (photograph by David Holt)
With the base of his spear, Rua struck a commemorative plaque that celebrated the commencement of the Sheraton hotel project. Supposedly the rock shattered, and the cracks spread deep down into the earth beneath the building site.
In 1993, with 80% of the Sheraton project finished, the construction ground to a final halt. Before long, squatters began occupying the concrete shell while a gradual process of irreversible decay set in. Now the Sheraton resort — designed to be a palatial 200-room holiday complex — lies trashed and abandoned in this island paradise.
Sunset on the Cook Islands (photograph by Rchard/Flickr user)
Connecticut, United States
Located just off the coast of Connecticut, the Charles Island is a pleasant enough place, a scenic 14-acre plot which nevertheless finds itself home to no less than three separate curses.
The first of the three was placed in 1639 by a local Paugusset chief. The island had been considered spiritually significant by local tribes, and when disputes arose between the Paugusset and the new settlers of the land, the retreating chief placed a curse on the island.
Charles Island at Silver Sands State Park (photograph by Andrew K.)
Another curse would be placed on the Charles Island soon after, by none other than the notorious pirate Captain Kidd. It was during his last great voyage that Kidd stepped foot on the island, and there are suggestions that the Scots sea dog may well have hidden some of his bounty here in Connecticut. In those stories, it’s reported that Kidd placed a curse on the island so that anyone who should disturb his buried treasure would be struck with certain death.
A third curse on the Charles Island comes courtesy of a Mexican emperor, the 16th century Emperor Guatmozin, to be exact. The legend goes that Guatmozin was captured and tortured by Cortez’s soldiers, as they pressed him for the location of the hidden treasures of the Aztecs. He never gave it up, but in 1721, a group of Connecticut sailors supposedly stumbled across a treasure horde hidden in a Mexican cave.
Naturally, the brave sailors brought their loot back home. However, as one and then another of their crew were stricken by a series of bizarre and fatal accidents, the last remaining sailor decided to ditch the treasure. He buried the cache of Aztec gold — along with its curse — on the Charles Island, where some say it remains to this day.
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10 Hidden Treasures Around The World
With amazing advances in technology, one would think every rumor of lost treasure would either be debunked or found. Yet, talk of vast amounts of gold and gems continue to abound even in the 21st century. There have been a few instances where rumors of treasures actually produced real treasure, go figure. In 2007, some of Captain William Kidd&rsquos lost treasure was discovered less than 70 feet off the shores of Columbia. Although entertaining, treasure hunting should require occupational hazard insurance past treasure hunters have received jail time, injuries and even death.
In Palawan, Philippines, Bacuit Bay is an island that on its own should be considered a treasure. Bacuit Bay is small, yet boasts a legendary story about Tomoyuki Yamashita&rsquos lost treasures. A decorated general for the Japanese Army, it is speculated that Yamashita hid treasure in the caves of Bacuit Bay in the 1940s. Yamashita obtained his treasures by looting many bordering countries during the 30s until World War II. Yamashita&rsquos treasures includes loot from Malaysia, India, Thailand and Burma, which were all shipped to the Philippines prior to their final destination&mdashJapan. Unfortunately for Yamashita, Japan surrendered while he was still in the Philippines. Prior to being captured and hung, Yamashita hid his treasure in 172 different places on the island. He and his crew assumed they would eventually come back for the treasure. Some sources estimate that Yamashita&rsquos treasures could be worth billions today. In the 70s, Rogelio Roxas found part of the treasure. Unfortunately President Ferdinand Marcos confiscated his findings and the remaining treasure located in that particular tunnel. Roxas sued and was awarded $22 billion dollars. Although the Marcos and Roxas family continue to battle in court, based on the story, there are more caves filled with Yamashita&rsquos other treasures.
Four soldiers of the Peruvian Army in the mid-1800s devised a plan to outwit priests after learning about their treasures. Luke Barrett, Arthur Brown, Jack Killorain and Diego Alvarez, gained the confidence of the Pisco Church in Peru and managed to sail away with over 14 tons of gold and other treasures after killing the priests. Unfamiliar with the area, the four drew a map, ditched the loot and headed to Australia with the hope of eventually returning and recovering their booty. Unfortunately, prior to returning for their treasure, two were killed and the other two were arrested. Only Killorain survived the jail stint. Before he died he told Charles Howe about the Pisco Church heist and where the treasure was stashed. When Howe found the treasure, he was not equipped to move the treasure. He left the treasure hoping to return and collect. Out of money, Howe failed to return to collect the treasure but he had disclosed the location to George Hamilton who eventually went looking for the treasure but never found it because he couldn&rsquot understand the map.
The only legendary treasure to have a map that directs you to 14 tons of gold is the Lue. As mystifying as the code is, it has long been assumed the only tools needed to decode the Lue is a one dollar bill, a key and a sound understanding of Masonic symbolism. Published by Karl Von Mueller, some speculate the &ldquomap&rdquo consists of various mathematical formulas.
Believed to be in the United States, the legend of the Lue claims the treasure is 14 tons of gold. The gold was brought to the US by the Nazis in a plan to sabotage the US economy and prevent Americans from entering World War II. After hearing the plan, the Gold Act was instituted to circumvent the Nazis&rsquo plan. Failing to prevent the US from entering the war wasn&rsquot the only failure in Nazis&rsquo grand scheme. They also failed to decipher the Lue and the Nazi loyalist that created had died. Ultimately they were unable to retrieve the treasure and returned to Germany.
A rumored city of gold has been the fascination of many for some time. Herman Cortes stumbled upon it in 1526, then Cristobol de Pedraza in 1544. Archeologist William Strong noted &lsquoarcheological mounds&rsquo near Rio Patuca and Rio Conquirre in 1933, providing more fuel for a growing legend where &ldquonobles there ate from plates of gold.&rdquo As recently as February this year, archeologists and other researchers from the National Science Foundation and the University of Houston have used advanced technology such as mapping light detection and Light detection and Ranging (LIDaR) to map the ancient ruins. The verdict is still out if this area holds treasures of gold.
There are a variety of legends surrounding Lake Issyk-Kul. From the idea that Templar Knights and Christians buried treasures of the Templar there to lost jewels forming a golden path, many legends persist about the area. One of the most notable legends is of Commander Genghis who is supposedly buried with his treasures. Some legends have his treasure in the lake and others admit the location is unknown. Reports indicate that his soldiers killed everyone that knew the tomb&rsquos location and when they returned from the burial site, they were killed as well.
Commander Genghis amassed his fortune by &ldquocapturing most of central Asia and China,&rdquo in the 13-century, of which &ldquothe booty yielded by his conquests was incalculable.&rdquo Digs in the &rsquo20s failed due to the instability of the political environment. Since then there have been more attempts including expeditions by the Japanese and a recent attempt by American researchers who believe they have located Genghis Khan&rsquos tomb, but there is no treasure to date.
Hurricane season in Florida has led to many shipwrecks throughout history. One notable shipwreck that fell prey to the tumultuous southern hurricane season was the shipwreck of Santissima Concepcion or &ldquoEl Grande.&rdquo The record listed 500 people on board, but various reports have identified anywhere between 4 to 190 people who survived to describe their ordeal. Beyond the crew the record also lists 1,800,000 pesos in treasures, &ldquo77 chests of pearls and 49 chests of emeralds.&rdquo There have been numerous attempts to locate the treasure yet most have proved fruitless. It is believed the Sir William Phipp found about 25% of the treasure during his 1687 expedition.
In a bit of irony the SS Islander that sank in 1901 was recovered in 2012-without any gold. Why is it on the list? Well the Mars Company, the expedition, crew thinks the gold may be on the sea bed as a result of moving the ship. They did find gold dust and pieces of gold on the recovered ship but that&rsquos about it. Mars Company estimates the treasure will be valued at over $250 million therefore they are planning another expedition. You can see part of the ship on the banks of Admiral Island while the rest is in Seattle.
Those seeking the lost treasures of Antilla, the German fighter wreckage, will need to dive along the North Point of Aruba. There&rsquos a tale that claims the Antilla was anchored along the North Shore when authorities rowed out to sea and asked for its surrender. While the skipper contemplated his options on shore, he left the ship&rsquos seacock open, this sank the ship. Instead of surrendering and losing his treasure, the ship exploded and sank. This ghost ship, as the locals call it, remains a tribute to the German soldiers from WWII.
There is an abundance of real lost treasures, some of which belonged to the Apache Indians. Rumor has it that after attacking a wagon train the Apache Indians hid their stolen fortune of silver coins and gold dust in a Dutch oven. This oven, which contains the lost treasure, is hidden behind rocks at a point on Winchester Mountain in Arizona. Those in search of the treasure claim the point is cursed but that has not stopped treasure hunters from trying their luck.
To find a canyon wall that cries tears of gold you will need to map yourself a route to the Lost Adams Diggings in western New Mexico. It was in the early 1860s when Adams made his trek to the area. Guided along the White River and into the White Mountains, Adams and his crew of miners found gold nuggets that hidden &ldquoin a corn-grinding basin.&rdquo Although Adams left the mine on the second night, the miners stayed when they were brutally attacked and killed by Apache Indians. Tales say that Adams was never able to find his gold canyon again.