Wild West


reasure seekers have been scouring the American backcountry for gold since Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado mounted his 16th-century search for the Seven Cities of “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” he announced. “I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.” The 89-year-old admitted the end of the chase made him half glad and half sad. “I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries,” he wrote on his website []. While many found the search thrilling, if not rewarding, at least five searchers lost their lives hunting for the cache. The ex-wife of one deemed the hunt for Fenn’s treasure a hoax, claiming there’s no proof of its existence. Tell that to its finder.

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