Florida Lost Treasure
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Located in St. Mary’s River.Spanish plantations were erected on this island. Spanish coins have been located on the beaches.
Located on State rte 476, west of U.S. 301 near Bunnell. In 1835, Seminole Indians massacred Federal soldiers here. It has been reported that the soldiers buried their payroll before the attack. No evidence of the treasure has been reported.
Crystal River State Park
Located two miles west of Crystal River on U.S. 19. The Indians sometime between 400 BC and 1200 AD established this site. The park is off limits to treasure hunters. However, divers have recovered numerous artifacts in the river.
Located ten miles East of Jacksonville. Although now gone, the French Huguenots built this site in the 1500’s. The Spaniards attacked and killed the inhabitants shortly after the fort was erected.
Located a few hundred yards from the west end of Upper Matacumbe Key. The Calusa and Matacumbe Indians, as well as the Spaniards used this site. Many shipwrecks that date back to the 1600’s are known to be in the waters off Indian Key. Treasure hunters for years have found gold and silver coins, as well as old bottles in this area.
St. George Island
Located in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville.
The Spaniards built a fort and a Mission here. Indians raided both places a number of times. Silver and gold coins have been found on local beaches.
This area has been known to hold many Florida lost treasure. For centuries, the Spaniards moved their goods along the Florida Keys between Spain and Mexico. Many times their ships were lost at sea due to violent storms. To this day, silver, Spanish coins, and gold coins, as well as pieces of gold and silver jewelry, from these wrecks, wash up on the beaches of islands and the coastline of Florida.
Many stories of buried treasures have been told about this area of Florida. Stories of confederate soldiers and pirates burying treasures have been told for years. One famous treasure story of this area is the one about Billy Bowlegs. Bowlegs was a very bad pirate who many called a “cutthroat.” Apparently, Billy Bowlegs buried treasures near Franklin, Fort San Carlos, and at Santa Rosa Island.
You Should Have A Metal Detector When Searching For Florida Lost Treasure
If you do not own a metal detector and you are thinking of purchasing one, do not over spend. Too often, newcomers to the hobby buy expensive detectors only to discover nothing but confusion about how to use their new model.
If you spend between $350-$450 on a new model, that is good enough. Just read the owners manual, and practice with your detector, and you will do fine. Move up to the high end models after you have become proficient in the hobby.