Treasure hunting in Florida is an opportunity for you to chase an adventure. If you have ever dreamed of treasure hunting, then Florida is a state to search.
days of pirates, Florida has been a treasure hunting paradise. Countless treasure
stories are well documented regarding pirate wrecks filled with gold and silver
off Florida’s coast. Accounts of
attacking Seminole Indians raiding Federal Army soldiers and stealing their
payroll have been documented. And stories of Spanish treasures buried on land
throughout the State have been written.
careful, many of the stories of Florida treasures are myths. Also, as the
stories have been passed down by storytellers and writers through generations many
times, the stories change each time they are told or written.
have been found in Florida. And many more exist there. But before the smart
treasure hunters ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have first
done their research. It’s non-sense to read a story about a treasure and use
only that information to set out searching for it. Many of the stories you read
about are full of inconsistencies. It’s the reason why it’s important to
research every story before you head out to search an area.
best way to get a lead on lost treasures in Florida is by visiting local historical
societies. Many times, they will have old newspapers archived on microfiche
film. You can scan through the film and look for any stories that may pertain
to a treasure. I know a few treasure hunters that have found treasures by
scanning the old newspapers.
example would be to search in the old newspaper archives and to look for
stories about a hermit or a miser dying. Often, that person would hide their
money. The old newspapers printed articles like the above situations.
addition, ask the historian who works at the historical society if they know of
any stories about local treasures. Asking questions is the best way to get
started in your search.
magazines and books about Florida; they often told stories about treasures
hidden in the State. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores
or at flea markets, estate sales, and auctions.
know older persons in a small town or village? They know everything that has
gone on for years. They love to talk about the past. You may be surprised at
what you learn.
a good idea to have a reliable metal detector when searching.
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Here are possible treasures in Florida.
The Florida Everglades is known to have many treasures
buried there. One, in particular, is the treasure of a Confederate paymaster
during the Civil War. Union soldiers were chasing him, so he buried $200,000 in
gold coins and paper currency, totaling one million dollars. The paymaster left
a clue that read, “chased by the enemy, we buried our payroll at a point in the
Everglades at a junction of two creeks, where the land rises like a camel’s
back. The money is buried in the west hump of the rise.”
Somewhere in the vicinity of Cross City, in Dixie County, are
eight barrels of currency that were cached by traders. Soon after, Andrew
Jackson hung the two traders because they sold weapons to the Seminole Indians
and incited them to violence. Supposedly the treasure was buried near the
convergence of two streams near the northern area of Cross City.
Near Mayport, in Duval County, an English ship wrecked in
1784. Survivors of the wreck buried four chests of gold coins. A few days later,
they were captured and hung as spies.
If you’re going to be treasure hunting in Florida on public
land, then be aware of the Federal law regarding removing items from State or
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