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Probably the most romantic, and the hardest to discover, are the lost mines and the pirate treasures of yesterday.
Anything buried beneath the earth seems to have a fascination for everyone.
Who would not want to find the treasures of Blackbeard and Lafitte? Or the Lost Dutchman mine?
Many obstacles stand in the way of the buried-treasure seeker. Not the least is the fact that these treasure hunts take up a great deal of time which the average person cannot spare from his daily living. Only very rarely is there a treasure close enough to one's home, or even close enough to the surface for the average person to go hunting for it. If it is, and if you would like to make a vacation of treasure hunting, this is fine. But usually the amount of time and effort needed for a venture of this sort is out of reach of most.
But when you do go, to hunt seriously or to spend some fun time at it, check every fact for yourself. Never, never depend on facts as you read them anywhere. If you cannot travel to your treasure spot for needed research, then write to the Chamber of Commerce, the local librarian, etc.
Always, check, check and re-check any stories you hear or read about lost treasures. Legend intermingles with fact until only the authorities can unravel them. Check your information, your legends, and your maps as carefully as you can. You cannot do too much research before you dig. Every iota of fact you gain before you start using your spade is getting you that much closer to the treasure.
Also there are laws governing the searching for-and the finding of-lost treasure. Know your laws before you dig. Always check with the territorial or state authorities in the area in which you wish to go treasure hunting.
There are state laws and federal laws regarding both the finding and keeping of lost treasure.
Information of all types has to be checked. Even maps that may have been in your own family for generations may need further elucidation. Remember that the map you have may be a genuine pirate or lost mine map, but the man who had the treasure or knew where the mine was may not have plainly written down its location.
He made the map in the first place because he didn't want anyone else to know where it was. Many times even authentic maps are backwards or even in code. "Step ten paces north" may mean step ten paces south. "Pass three rocks" may not mean rocks at all but trees-trees which may have come down since the day the original treasure was buried.
But if you have an authentic map and have the determination and the money, you might find treasure. Or you might find it accidentally. It has been done before…
Hunting for lost mines or hidden pirate treasure is probably one of the most exciting adventures in the world. It is so far removed from the mundane existence of everyday living that even to consider it is to lift the average man's spirits. From such day dreams of lost doubloons or lost mines he goes on-to find treasure.
Probably one of the most fabulous among the buried treasures is the lost silver mine of James Bowie. Most of us remember James Bowie as the man who died beside Davy Crockett at the Alamobut the seeker of treasure remembers him as one of
James Bowie found his mine, only to take the secret of its whereabouts with him when he died at the
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