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Sunday, March 18, 2018

History of the Spanish Master Map

Many of those who have taken up the hobby of treasure hunting, have never heard of the Spanish Master Map, even those exclusive to treasure hunting in Utah. Did you know that what is thought to be a copy of a Master Map was discovered by Thomas Rhoades at a massacre sight in Chicken Creek? The Map was referred to as the Silver Cylinder map, which covered an area from west of the Great Salt Lake all the way to the Colorado boarder? It is said that it had over 100 Mine locations and several other things.

Another presumed master map was in a private collection of a man in Utah county, It is presumed to have been sold to a private collector in California, A friend of mine came very close to getting pictures of it before it was presumed to have sold, however as a result of another’s interfering antics, the holder of the map cut off all communications which was only through a 3rd party.

Another occasion of what was thought to be an early version of a Master map appeared in Utah in late 1980’s when Mel Fisher came to Utah searching for places on a goat skin map which was said to have been sealed with wax in a cannon barrel found on the Atocha. It was relayed to me by this friend that Mel believed that the contents of the Atocha came from specifically the Uinta Mountains. This map was said to cover an area from at least Kamas Utah to Vernal Utah, his hired guide who is a friend of mine, got just a bit more than a glance of the map. A few others I know who had personal knowledge of Mel’s 2 year search but also his daughter who also came searching not long after Mel had past away, and searched another two years. The areas Mel is said to have been looking but not limited too, includes Hoyt Peak, Soapstone and an area west of White Rocks.

Now the Atocha sank in 1622, so how many years prior did these expeditions begin coming to the Uinta’s where in a map was in existence covering such a broad range? The earliest documented expedition into the Uinta Mountains was in 1584 headed by a privateer Spaniard, Antonio de Espejo,  with a previous expedition in 1582-3. It is unknown as to whether a Master Map was underway at the time, the map itself does not share the typical characteristics you would find had it been made by an expedition assigned cartographer. It is because of the whole story behind Antonion de Espejo, that it is suspect that not only was the master map underway, but other maps from a previous expedition period of Europeans existed, dating back as far as 700 AD up and to about 1050 AD. Evidence of this hypothesis, would not be difficult to show... Anotnio de Espejo's map of 1584-8, although highly suspect as having NOT come from a master map, it is incorporated into this map project.

Of the previous mentioned maps, it is unknown if any of them were actually “Master” maps, as it is said and stands to reason that the true master maps would have never left Mexico City, Madrid and Seville Spain, and rumor has it one was even kept in Santa Fe New Mexico. To keep the maps from leaving their safe places, expedition leaders would simply “Copy” the map potion they intended to travel to, such as the famous Reinaldo Map, these portions of maps are those which occasionally surfaced in Utah. Dozens of maps have surfaced over the years here in Utah many very obviously pertaining to portions of the Uinta Mountains.

In a private collection of near 100 maps, and after careful scrutiny of the collection, I was able to narrow a selection of maps to 11 which was felt to be authentic and which were to be used in what became the Master Map recreation Project.

What is the Master Map Recreation Project?

One day while going over the maps discussing them with my map collector friend, I brought up 3 of the maps and asked if he noticed how well they came together when putting them side by side, he said he had noticed two of them but not the third. He asked me why I thought they matched so well. The only thing that made any sense to me is that these maps which were likely carried by the expedition leader whose name was on them, copied them from one of the Master Maps prior to the expedition. The idea came into my head that the 11 previous mentioned maps could be put side by side or incorporated into the whole of what would be a recreation of a fair portion of the Master Map from which they came from. The maps used met the tests of scrutiny, some of them have been published but not in entirety, other had not and still have not.

Digitally stitching the maps together took a few days and when I finished, knowing the maps are not geographically correct, I thought what if…. What if I could create a 30 minute map base with drainages and mountains etc… essentially recreating the Master recreation but geographically correct and after words add in all the other marks with the finished product being a geographically correct Spanish Master map. In my estimation this was a great success as it helped resolve issues of what drainage was intended in the original maps making it difficult to find certain features. Correct geography was a key in resolving perception differences. 

Then the big idea hit… what If, now that I have a geographically correct map base, why couldn’t I create an overlay version for Google Earth? Could it help in locating mine sites and such? Using this tool, I have found several mine sites one in particular that has been sought after for a very long time and only speculation as to its whereabouts has been written, the famous Mina De Rey, The Mine of the King. Rumor has it the Mina De Rey was mine anciently long before the Spaniards, but by whom?

How can I get a copy? (80 Mine Sites and Several Cache Locations)

I have decided long ago I am not a treasure hunter, but more so, I am not a miner and other than wanting to find the evidences of these old mines, I have no real interest in the mine itself. As far as cache sites on this map, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in them and there are 13 cache sites on the map, 2 or 3 however will be removed from the map due to personal interest. Now keep this in mind, if you don’t already know, having a map is great, however all it will do is get you in the general area, I promise you if you do not know what to look for you are going to be chasing your tail for along time. I am more than happy to help with this… those of you who are very serious about this, I want you to succeed, not only for you and yours but yes… I want a small token of gratitude should you find success, but be warned, few have what it takes to be successful, it takes persistence and dedication. If you are concerned with legal ramifications, don’t be, there are solutions and a lawful way to accomplish that which is generally considered unlawful…

Don’t let it consume you, make it a family thing, I have seen the craze of treasure hunting destroy families, ruin good men, and turn not so good men into lying deceiving chest pounding worthless pieces of flesh. But I have also seen it bring sons and daughters closer to their fathers, Husbands and wives come closer as a result of the new shared hobby or interest. It isn’t all about the find people, it is about the journey, the search, all of which if you can succeed in a find, makes it all the more worth while…

( I am still looking for a Financial/Hands On Partner for projects underway and upcoming and to participate at any level, FULL DISCLOSURE to proven qualified individual)

I have decided to make this available to “most’ all and here is how you get it.

  • A donation of $25 as a token of my appreciation will get you a Black and white DIGITAL copy  of the Master Map Recreation and the comparable 30 Minute map base Edition.

  • A donation of $45 also as a token of my appreciation, will get you The Black and white Digital Copy of the Master recreation, the 30 Minute map base edition AND the overlay PNG images for Google Earth overlay.

  • I still offer the Printed HARD Copy Version of the leather Edition for wall hanging display to those who want it, a donation of $150 will get you the previous mentioned digital maps, the over lay maps AND the printed Leather Edition for wall hanging display, Print Size approximately 22 Inches by 52 Inches, UNFRAMED. (Printed Version will no longer be available after this offer)
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Friday, March 16, 2018

A Spanish Cache Configuration

A Spanish Cache Configuration

In the fall of 2016, a friend called me who was working on a remote sub station site for the local power company. He asked if I had ever seen any monuments in the area he was working. I asked him why? And he responded telling me that from where he was standing not far from the sub station, he could see what appeared to be at least 3 monuments on the side of a small hill. I had my doubts not that I didn’t trust his perception; it is just that if I had a dollar for every misconception of monuments, petroglyphs and the like, I suppose I would be set for life. I ask him to take a few pictures of what he could see in the distance, and sure enough, it appeared as we had another potential monument location likely an instructional site giving directions to a place I learned of many years ago in the North West where Spaniards had been known to frequent, yet this is information is not publicly known.

Many years prior a friend of mine had taken me to the place in the North West to show me some monuments where his Uncle was a big rancher, from what I recall it certainly appeared Spanish expeditions had been there, but this was well over 30 years prior. Since this time there has been many indications of expeditions to the place shown on the old maps, Sierras de Oro.

When we first arrived at this new monument site, I knew if they proved to be authentic and because of their location at the edge of a great barrier, that this site was some how connected to what I knew was Sierras de Oro on the other side. On first examination of the monuments I highly suspected this site as an informational location giving instruction of some thing. At first I thought it was possibly giving instruction as to a location of a last chance spring of water for if one left this place without water, they most certainly could die of thrust if they were to continue.

Further investigations began to show that my initial suspicions were likely incorrect.
Approaching the first monument with two more in site, I could see this suddenly had the potential of a cache. Triangulation is the primary reason for this suspicion; confirmation would soon come after taking all the data of documenting the site back to the computer to create the digital layout.

There are several things to do when investigating a monument, questions to resolve such as, "Is it a mining claim marker from the late 1800's or later? Is it a modern creation for what ever purpose? These questions can be answered very quickly by turning to the Crustose Lichen IF it is present.

Spanish monuments are fairly stout, unlike a well built however Mining claim marker which I have seen plenty and some are actually built quite well, but they are always lacking in two things, one, Crustose Lichen of significant growth, and two, rigidness. When doubt is ever in the mix, I like to give the monument a fair jolt with my hands just enough to jar it, a Spanish monument will not move, maybe just a bit, a more recent monument such as a well built mining claim marker will move with even applying pressure to it as if you just wanted to push it aside. There are several other things to concider as well and with all these things combined, it is possible to determine authenticity and in some case a general time frame they may have been built.

Monument # 1: Approaching monument 1, it was a simple 4 foot monument, it had no particular shape nor any indication of pointers or site windows, this to me was an indication of its purpose of  a specific point in a configuration layout, but for what? Had this monument been found all by itself I may not have given it to much of my time. Crustose Lichen spores present gave indications of approximately 300 years since the monuments were built, this incited even more enthusiasm and excitement. (UPDATE: Monument # 1 on a second visit it was discovered to be a turtle monument of which the head points precisely to monument # 4).

(Note: A "turtle Monument" IS NOT a single rock of any size that just happens to appear to look like a turtle using imaginative skills, it is a literal construction of rocks to form a column or well shaped pile of rocks and not necessarily intended to look like a turtle. An added head and tail to ANY presumed Spanish constructed monument is what makes it a "Turtle Monument," A "cache turtle" is very similar.) Each presumed cache site will use different variations of triangulation and the use of turtles, this tells a tale of who the builder may have been, whether it was a Royal funded expedition or privateers. 

Monument #1

300 plus years of Crustose Lichen

Proceeding to Monument # 2 above at 48 yards away or 52 Varas, I find the same in simplicity, however this monument is about 5 feet tall but near the top of it is what appears to be a possible pointer. Upon looking at this and lining it up with the horizon to which it points, another monument, approximately one mile away, is spotted that is nearly undetectable with the naked eye, but once you see it, it seems to stand out to its surroundings. This sited monument is # 5 to the west and on top of a much larger hill. Although the pointer points to this hill, it was clear it was pointing to a location not far down the hill or south of the monument that could be seen one mile away, we would find out later why. 

Monument 2 with # 3 in the background

Continuing to Monument # 3, I find a near 6 foot monument much like the previous with also a suspect pointer, it is pointing to the exact same location mentioned prior, however this monument had one thing that really stood out, and that is what seems to be for no reason at all, placed on top is a very square rock. At this point the first thing that came to mind is, in the Spanish symbolism, the square is said the represent two things, one is Cache, the other is 90 degrees. From this # 3 monument to what I will later conclude is the actual cache site at Monument 4 and 5, is the exact opposite according to the compass of 90 degrees at 270 degrees. The other thing I took notice of because it exists for no apparent reason was the increase in height from monument to monument, 4 foot, 5 foot and 6 foot, having 3 heights present. This to me, was only significant simply because of my studies and others who have constantly made notations of the Spanish doing things in 3’s or 3 times in addition to its application in triangulation. In addition to this notation of 3's, and you will want to remember this, Let this be a clue, there is a way to validate your findings or conclusions of triangulation in EVERY valid Spanish Cache site, if it is not present, you have either made a mistake, or it is NOT a Spanish Cache Location, This last piece of information I will keep to myself, this way, you will need me. ;-) Sorry...

Monument # 3 with # 1 and 2 in the background

At this point it seemed to me the obvious next course of action was to travel to the monument site we could see one mile away. Later in creating the digital layout I would notice the angle used from monument to monument and as a result I could not help but notice the distance from monument to monument within each of the two separate sites.

Approaching the location of Monument # 5 traveling up the hill, another monument comes into view, this would be monument # 4 and it just so happened to be in the very location the pointers of # 2 and 3 were pointing, but because of the smaller size of approximately 4 feet and near identical with monument # 1, and having been camouflaged from view from the other hill, we could not see it from the previous site. 

Monument # 4

Looking uphill I notice by compass the degrees from # 4 to 5, is the same as from the previous site #1 to 2. Why this has my attention would take some time to explain as to why this is important but suffice it to say it is a sure indication that not only are you on the right track, but it is a likely verification of a Cache site.

Later in drafting the digital layout it is also observed that the 1st site of # 1, 2, and 3 is seemingly a template or map so to speak of the 2nd site on the larger hill, with this suspicion, I checked the distances again between #1 and 2 being 48 yards, observation of site 1’s seeming counter part (2nd site Larger Hill), I see by visual estimation the distance between # 4 and 5 appeared to be 3 times longer, could it be? Sure enough, the distance was near exactly 3 times the length.

Monument # 5 was a stout and 6 foot tall monument, it had no indication of site windows, pointers or anything unusual other than it seemed to fulfill its purpose of representation of a given point in triangulation of a cache layout just as the previous # 4 seemed and serving as an Icon so to speak. If this second site and seeming reconstructed representation of its template site was in fact the results of the template X 3… then where was the 3rd missing # 6 monument? That wasn’t to difficult to answer as there is not a one soul who would place a monument right on top of an intended cache. In creating the digital layout it became very clear the intent of monument # 3. Using this 1st site as a template, your job was to figure out that it was a template and with two monuments already positioned in its counterpart on the larger hill, it was up to the finder to realize, the objective is to plot the cache location which would ultimately be the missing # 6. This would represent the location in the template of # 3, the one with the implicating square rock on top. This # 6 position can easily be established using the same compass bearings found in the template site, and 3 X’s the distances in it. 

Monument # 5 with # 4 in the background slightly and to the left side

I have found over the years at 5 other similar sites, the same basic principles only differing by what would seem to be the expedition leaders personal preference and depth of encryption, it would seem the more important the site, the more encryption is included, however this is speculative and has yet to be proven. Until recently I have not had cause to proceed any further with these sites. Perhaps it is time? Of all the monuments at this site, not one, is what I would call a turtle monument of which I fully expected to find, why was it not used in this case? (UPDATE: On the second trip it was discovered that monument # 1 is indeed a turtle monument of which the head points to monument # 4)

This particular site was educating to say the least, but a far cry from the most encrypted site found years prior, using a combination of all the geometric principles of navigation and triangulation, and took me near 10 years to unravel it, the site which is the subject herein, took less than 30 minutes to resolve once the digital layout was complete.

  Smaller Hill, template site

Larger Hill, Cache Layout

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Uinta Mountains Discoveries SEEKING IDENTIFICATION

Just a few of them little discoveries you hear about but never see... If anyone has any information to help in identification of these items, please speak up. I am certain the finder/owner does not wish to be known...


Small BRASS cannon reportedly found in the Uintas in the 1920's
It is thought to be what is called a signal cannon due to its small size. 
Bronze, 17 inches long, 10 lbs or more

Recent Discovery
Thought to be Pewter, but a silver content is possible, found in the Rock Creek drainage in a sand embankment 2 feet deep.

Recent Discovery
A Pair of spurs found 20 feet apart at one foot deep, near Moon Lake.
Note the Large diameter spur

Recent Discovery
A single spur found near Moon Lake one foot deep

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tuscoro.com and the Research

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hate to resort to such efforts but I have no other choice, Tuscoro.com needs your help and so do I. In a nut shell I am looking for just a little help at this time, immediate needs that has grown above what we are able to keep up with.

For your donation of $20 or more, I am willing to compensate you with YOUR CHOICE… a Historic Topo Map collection, several states available, especially Western states, or Utah vintage and newer Topographic collection, all 7 minute and 30 minute maps included for the entire state of Utah, tiff and or jpg format. Or 180 Spanish Exploration documents ranging from the 1400’s to the 1800’s, a collection found at a University some years ago which had been translated to English in the late 1800’s. Books of historic nature, some very incredible books mind you, I thrive on original source material, there is the Historic Book collection of roughly 1300 plus books, and/or the Religious based book collection of another 1300 or so books all in pdf format, a collection of about 19 years. How about a copy of my own 3 books in pdf format?

I cannot afford something as little as a flash drive at this time, but you can send one if needed, otherwise some of this can be received via dropbox but space is limited.
CONTACT me if you want details of any of the items mentioned above…

·       Donation can be made by using PayPal, recipient address for PayPal is (for PayPal Use Only) crickett4@gmail.com

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET to use the PayPal “Friends and Family” option…

·       If you are in Utah, direct deposit to an America First Credit Union using Amy’s account, contact me for details…

·       Direct mail, contact me for details AT  tuscoro@gmail.com DO NOT use this address for paypal…

·       OR In Person, come and visit…

If you wish to know more… Read on…

I once said that if every person on my friends list gave ten dollars I could make it to spring… However, that of course did not happen but THANK You to those who responded… I know who you are…

Currently, my family is in need of simple things like our only reliable vehicle needing a battery, a favored and used daily glass lid for a large frying pan, my car being on its last leg… needing new seeing glasses, my hearing is getting worse, but can’t afford hearing aids, monthly bills etc.. etc… when it rains it pours…When winter is gone, my opportunity options broaden, with 3 accidents in the recent past, one of which could be correct with surgery which I cannot afford nor the insurance, and 2 of which  I am afraid I just have to live with of which both inhibit me from doing what I have done my entire life, but do not prevent me from other possibilities…

There are several things in the making, things that I am willing to discuss with friends, those who know how to use a phone, and I don’t mean texting… If you are one of those new friends who have recently contacted me regarding involvement in certain upcoming projects, and we have not yet met… let’s talk more…

I am also looking for at least two of my closest friends at this time, to receive from me a backup copy of the research which is now getting severely overdue for backup mostly due to the Jesse James research explosion… This back up will be in DVD disks I am thinking near 100 Gig, if you have a copy from the past on external hard drive, but a DVD backup is much less vulnerable…

Forgive me asking… but I feel I have no choice at this time…

As always, thank you all for your continued support, help me keep it coming...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

History of the research project, The Mexican Banditos Cache Sites

I have received many requests for more details of operations of  projects in Central Mexico, I am never able it seems to give any of the finer details although if one were to skim the many articles I have written one could put together a majority of the story but without identifying details. A big part of why I have withheld many of the details is in that I refuse to put the operations of nearly 16 years, and those involved at any risk due to leaking information, in short, loose lips sink ships… But, I have decided to write a documented history of the research since the first day the information found its way to me, and how I was able to identify the exact sites of not just one mentioned in the document, but 5… There are 14 sites mentioned within the document. Although I have located two more locations but not the sites, we lack the finer details in order to discover the exact site, unlike the first 5 of which we have exact information.

The Map with details removed
January 13th 2002
On or just before the date above, an acquaintance whom I will call Bill, sent me some documents and a map telling an incredible story. I still to this day I do not quite understand why he sent them to me, I can only suppose it is due to a recognized ability to think outside the box. It is also understood that it was a project beyond his means, as there is just too much here in our own back yard. What he may not have known, is that the biggest difference between Banditos Cache sites linked with documentation written at the hand of the Bandito Captain and Spanish cache sites here in the Northern regions is, with this kind of documentation, we have EXACT instructions, something you do not usually get with a Spanish cache site, I have only seen a couple here in the North.

Upon receiving the documents I of course read the story, I was absolutely floored, of course I called him to learn how he had come by the documents, what he had given me was a transcription of the English Translation created by a semi well known Treasure Hunter whom I will call John, and who made several attempts to resolve the location in the 70’s.

As it would seem, John was operating somewhere near Veracruz on a sunken ship project, when he was approached by an inland villager working on the coast. Recognizing John as a presumed professional, he approached and ask him if he would be interested in helping his family to locate a treasure documented by their ancestor, and left with their family. As it would seem, those who first received the documentation from their ancestor were very superstitious, no one made any attempt in 150 years to locate the fortune. Interest diminished and place names were forgotten.

Some who have read the many treasure hunting books would know the real name of the treasure hunter if I were to give a real name, but no real names will be divulged in this history. John agreed to look at the document, stunned at what he had read, he asked if he could make a copy. Permission to do so was granted, it took near a week just to find a Zerox machine to make the copies. Taking these copies back to Utah where he lived, he had the document translated. The original copies of the Spanish written document have since been burned by his wife who was sick of would-be treasure hunters coming to her door after her husband John had passed away. The treasure hunter sought the help of an individual who was at the time gaining notoriety at his abilities in the treasure game, this individual was the afore mentioned Bill. They agreed to meet and the translated document was left with Bill. Fifteen minutes later John changed his mind, being the typical non trusting treasure hunter I have seen so much of, however unexpectedly upon returning to get the document back from Bill, he had already made a copy of it and the original map with John’s own maps from his own attempts to locate the hoard, and without John’s knowledge. John would not find out what had happened until many years later, not long before his passing.

How long Bill had held these documents is unknown, but they were shared with me about January 13th 2002. After reading the story, like John, I could not believe the magnitude of what I had just read, for a couple of years I found every effort to learn more of the locations, in those days I was very well set financially. The first Topographic maps of the area in question had not been around long, created as late as 1985. I managed to find these maps and ordered them. Google Earth had just been released and this proved to be a much needed tool and largely helped in finding what no one had been able to do in 200 years. The Topographic maps I received were of pretty good quality, however unknowingly at the time there were several place names on the maps that were very difficult to see. In fact I didn’t even know they were there until years later as a result of the much better quality PDF versions. When the maps arrived I did not open them, but loaded them in my truck and headed to work to meet with some of our Mexican National sub-contractors.

Sitting in the favorite coffee shop, one of the subs whom I will call Juan, came to meet with me, I have always been interested in the Aztec and those peoples of Mexico and out of habit I asked him what part of Mexico he was from. To my surprise, he named the very town suspect of having been in the heart of the search area. I ask him if he wouldn’t mind looking at some maps, he eagerly agreed, and upon unrolling the maps he was shocked to see them, he said that he had worked for the company that made these maps prior to coming to the states, he said his job was to field check and validate old place names using the history contained in the local libraries, county, state and villages. Shocked at this coincident I asked if I could throw some names at him to see if he was familiar with some of these old place names, “sure” he said, and as I gave him some of the place names mentioned in the document with little effort he would circle his finger around an area on the map and saying about right here… I would later discover he was very close.
With this new knowledge I continued my search in the area finding every possible source by which to discover the points mentioned in the translation, efforts were also underway to find a copy of the original Spanish text which eventually and miraculously come about. I continued using google earth in creating a kmz identifying as many as the place names as I could, and creating an overview, it wasn’t long and I knew I had found it, but how could I prove it?

Just weeks before I felt I had done the impossible, at least up and to that point, another friend of mine whom I will call Mike, visited me, this was about 2005. Although at this point considered a good friend, he was still a secretive type as he was one of those unknown treasure hunters that the would-be treasure hunter only heard rumor of, he simply did not like exposure however upon meeting him years prior, I don’t know why but we just hit it off. On this day he brought me some documents he wanted me to look at, taking the documents I began to read and recognized the document and noticed immediately the place names removed. I perked up and told him, I know this story, he almost indignantly responded with “You couldn’t know it” I insisted that I did and offered to fill in the blanks, which I did, Furious and baffled he said “how did you know this? this document was well guarded and kept by my X partner, where did you get a copy?” This is when I told him of  the Bill mentioned earlier, and as it would seem John was Mike’s X Partner and he had given him a copy long ago before their parting. Immediately he knew how Bill had come by the document as he was familiar with the initial visit between Bill and John. When Mike told John who he still communicated with, he was furious and wanted to kill Bill for making copies.

Not long after this incident, my financial wellbeing took a dump, as it would seem, I decided to retire from my position in the company, one of my “thought to be trusted” friends was whining about his retirement and how he was not going to be able to pay his bills Like the friend I can be, I recommended him to my partner for a replacement, my partner accepted, long story short, this so called friend began creating his own company, added himself to the corporate record as a manager to our company which is illegal the act of which is still a matter of public record… then he dissolved the company. Finally he and one other perpetrator sent emails to all our clients telling them we had changed the name of the company removing from us our entire client base. The state would not reinstate the license and we lost everything. That just needed to be said…

Ok so now, knowing I had the right location I continued searching out old documents to give credibility to what I already knew. With persistence I was able to track down 4 other Banitos Captain’s final documents telling of their cache locations and their doings, two of which spoke of the same primary site of the first document and some accounts as early as 1727 and several references to robberies that began as early as 1600. Also due to persistence I was able to track down one individual in Mexico who believed he may have the same document that I had but in the original Spanish.  Through negotiations we exchanged documents and as it turns out, they are of the same source however I discovered Johns translations skills needed improvement, several mistakes were found but nothing that changed the final location. I asked this gentleman where he had obtained this typed copy from the 1970’s. He told me that he knew the family that had it and one day they showed it to him, excluding the map. He asked at that time due to the age and obvious deterioration of the document, if he could type out the text of it, and this is how he ended up with it. He sent me a copy of this typing of the 1970’s. This event alone told me the whole story was in fact, factual as there is no way a guy in Mexico could have possibly typed a document in the 1970’s that just happened to be the same story I would receive but in English, some 30 years later.

Not to many years ago I was searching for better quality maps when I came across a web site that had these maps in PDF format. Of course I downloaded them and to my surprise, they are OCR and searchable not to mention much easier to read… One day while reviewing the maps I noticed a word on the maps I had never seen before, one of the key place names I had asked my friend Juan about years before. There it was right at nearly the exact location he had circled with his finger, and then another and another and low and behold, everything was just as I had decided without knowing for sure of these locations, but instead by all the clues and information I had gathered, these had to be the correct locations and sure enough I was right on.

As far as placing a value on this site, lets see what you come up with, it is described as a natural “cavern” I will leave it up to you as to how big a “cavern” is… In the beginning of the 1600’s when the organization was created and the continuous robberies of Spanish Mule trains began, the Captain of that day, vowed to fill this cavern with Gold ONLY… This goal according to documentation was fulfilled at the end of the 1700’s, and in the document it is pointed out that they filled it to the point that they could not place the carved fitted lid back on the opening. So they took out the obstructing portions and placed the lid on one last time, and then buried the overflow nearby of which I also have exact instruction as to how to find it. It is stated, in the documents, where all the silver was placed over the many years nearby, and yes, I have the instructions for it as well.

Earlier I mentioned that other documents were obtained over the years of other accounts of other captains at other locations and times. One of the documents which I later discovered was actually published back in the 40’s or so in Mexico. Of course pertinent information was missing from that document but with the first document and this one, one could complete the search except… one small detail. One day while doing the research trying to learn the location of this once presumed village, there it was… I had to know where it was in order to know the path of the road mentioned in the document, you see, I knew the location of the other end of the road mentioned but needed the name of the now nonexistent village in order to find the correct path and after 20 minutes or so, we had concluded another site search, this was about 2012 or so.

Much has happened in these last 6 years, the land owners were first contacted about 6 years ago, I can’t say much about the events but lets just say it has taken longer than expected but it is fully understood why. The last visit there was ‘boots on the ground’ and my colleague was escorted to the general area and visited two of the primary sites, the escort never knew what he was looking at. When he returned, the first thing I said to him was, I gotta know, you visited the two sites personally? Yes he said, I responded with the question that has weighed on me for over 10 years, Am I crazy? He told me Dan, I am here to tell you, you are not crazy, everything was just as you said, and other things verified which I cannot disclose. Another, and key visit is in the works.

Just a few years ago, another fortunate development occurred. In the original document brought to me in 2002, there was a key site mentioned in a comparable statement to the primary subject of the document, it gave no reference as to where it was, it simply mentioned it. About the end of 2015, a friend sent me a message, asking me if I had ever heard of this coral which by name is clearly the same, uh… yes?... I said, why? Then he told me that he might just have a very interesting document for me, and he sent it to me. It turned out to be exactly what I thought not possible, in short it was the transcription of the English translation of yet another Bandito cache site, the very one mentioned in the original document received in 2002.
This document was among an early 1900’s Historic researchers private papers. It seems, as he was to investigate a certain history of the place he was from, he heard of an old woman who had discovered an old document buried in her garden in an iron chest 100 years prior. However she was illiterate and the paper, unknown to her, ended up in her pile of papers she used for patterns. It was a neighbor friend who happened upon the paper as she began to cut it up for a pattern when she notice the wording and stopped to read the document, having read it she knew how important it was. Eventually the researcher was able to obtain a copy and I presume he created the translated document. We believe the original Spanish transcription is still in his personal papers at a well-known university. I am anxious to get there to search his papers preserved at the university, but financial setback has been the prevention of this, I really don’t need it, but my meticulous nature wants it.

With this document, another of the most famous Banditos Cache sites and strongholds has been discovered with NEARLY explicit instructions and no less than 20 separate caches in a trail of treasure sites leading to the primary stronghold and cache. The majority of those in this trail of treasure are considerably small in comparison to the primary at the end of the trail, however each leading to the primary location is well worth the effort for someone, but it won’t be me. Some day when I am comfortable in the conclusion of the main site near the Port of San Blas, I will gladly give this information to one of my Mexican friends… The small caches range from the smallest mentioned of 2 cargas of minted silver, (300 to 400 lbs) to “40 loads of minted silver (6-8,000 lbs) and 2 loads of minted gold” (300 to 400 lbs). This one does not come close to the potential value of the primary site which is estimated at nearly 1 billion. We have permission from the land owner to proceed with this site. I will not give an estimate of the primary site of the first document, for very good reason we may have to just let it go... The smaller of the two primary sites of the first document is estimated by figures given in the specific document at 100 Million.

Is anyone now beginning to see the irony in all of this and the dilemma I am faced with and why I am just short of weaving baskets at the funny farm? But I do not give up… I think… I need a financial partner… whom upon mutual agreement, I will give almost or near the full details, depending on the level of participation and the qualifying character of an interested party.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuscoro.com could use your help...

If you like what has been presented here in the past almost 4 years, Please read on as I and tuscoro.com could most certainly use some help…

I do not and have never considered myself as anything special, if I am special, each and every one of you are as well. I do what I do because I love to do it. There is nothing special about what I do, as any of you could do it as well, only if you decided to do it. The reasons I love it, is because I love seeing the past, even if at times it is only through imaginative eyes based on the evidences we actually can see, and through common sense, deductive reasoning molded by our beliefs we see sometimes clearly see what the truth may be. Belief is personal, and something we all possess to some degree, my belief is not founded upon rigorous indoctrination, orthodox belief or peer pressure, it is founded upon a foundation of my belief in a supreme being, a belief in and of itself that was obtained upon the same previous mentioned principles, not because I was taught to believe it. In the beginning I was “taught” to believe, and therefore I did, until one who really had no belief at all showed me that I had no belief and that what I had was simply borrowed orthodox belief. Although I was angry and resisted, I knew that it was true, it was unnerving discovering and realizing that nearly everything I had been taught, intentionally or unintentionally and I’m sure was with good intent, was however for the most part a bald faced lie.

I have a need to share… and will always do so but with prudence, only due to the fact that those who are accustom to and having become comfortable with the benefits of milk, and are not capable of digesting a New York steak, medium rare smothered in steak sauce. I have no issue with an education system, provided that the student is not taught to covet a piece of paper hanging on the wall certifying the completion of an indoctrination process, rising themselves above all others rather than cherish the opportunity to now use the information given to obtain EXPERIENCE all the while, retaining the ability to think, reason, test and apply those things taught in the field, promoting and encouraging the same. The student must be taught that that which is being taught is theory and not fact and encouraged to apply what is taught and to implement the concept of  “prove or disprove” in order to discover truth. Intelligence will never be the ability to regurgitate indoctrination, and truth will never come from it. I will not attempt to lecture what intelligence is, only what it is not.

With this said, I need the reader to understand that It takes a lot of time and effort to produce the many articles, reading books most would not consider, and writing books searching the vast sources trying to find original source material that a majority does not seem to know exist, and not the typical “wiki says so,” traveling the wildernesses just to get a photograph which bears some evidence of some concept, wading through countless legends of the past, expedition documents, news articles of past events Etc… Although it is something I have long done myself to support, but not without support from time to time from friends I shall never forget… and barely by the skin of my teethe these last years, a large part of my research has for the most part been shut down. It has come to the point that I once again need to turn to those who give me support by whatever means.

I know I am not wiki, I know I am not archives dot org, but from time to time even with millions of viewers they occasionally ask for donations. I don’t have the benefit of a vast following, but I am compelled to do the same, and so, I ask…

If everyone on my friend list alone, donated $10 dollars I could operate for the next two months until I again can bear the cost once again, BUT… not all my friends will donate and believe me… I get it… and do not expect it, I do not share with expectations. If you can bear $15, $20 or whatever you feel without being excessive, please do so as I have not been this far down in a very long time, anything will help and a very sincere thank you to all of you in any support you are able to or have given in the past, one day, I will get not even, but ahead…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Antonio de Espejo, Utah's earliest documented European Explorer

Here in Utah, at the center of the universe, or so I have been told… for decades we have been inundated with Spanish lure related treasure stories… even to the point it would seem of a twisting of the stories and even complete fabrications are written. Where is the truth? The remaining, if any, truth lies within and after stripping away all the rhetoric exposing only what is “presumed” to be the truth, one begins to build what “could” be the truth. The academic world is no less guilty, as over the many years since the Spanish frequented our Uinta Mountains and the Northern Mountains, the game of hide and seek has come upon us, as their writers with the deception of their pens try and with great success, to convince you of the Emperor’s new clothes.

There is a truth out there, naked for all to see, and some day, I am going to tell this story, even if it is for but a few who can still distinguish the differences of being learned or educated, and of which one promotes intelligence, and which promotes a certification hanging on the wall as proof having been sufficiently strip of the ability to think or even reason. Regardless, there will always be those prim and proper and those who can only be described as gullible ready to believe anything put to the pen, regardless of the source derived… <end of rant>

Antonio (Hurtado de Mendoza?) Espejo was born in Valladolid, (His own Record says Cordoba), Espana in the year of 1540. It is believed but not verified that at the age of 31, Antonio, his wife, two sons and his brother migrated to the Americas. Antonio was a wealthy man, (whether obtained prior to coming to the Americas or after is currently unknown), he and his brother became ranchers living at the northern frontier of Mexico of the day. Circumstances unknown, he and his brother were accused of murder in 1581, his brother was arrested and Antonio fled to the Northern most outpost of Mexico at Santa Barbara Chihuahua, he is known for financing an expedition for the in part purpose of rediscovery of the Cities of Cibola reported 40 years earlier by Friar Marcos de Niza. It is said that after his famous expedition of 1582-83, Antonio was traveling back to Spain and while in Cuba he had died in 1585. (The Forgoing is according to the academics, yet a source for the information is still unknown other than what was written by Antonio himself) Now I am going to tell you the likely truth of it, based on new evidence and evidences intertwined with some common sense and what may be considered conjecture, but not really any different than the method in which the academic sources have used.

Antonio de Espejo born in Spain presumably to a wealthy family, having come from a wealthy family it is without doubt he and his brother with families came to the Americas without issue but clearly was a matter of choice for some purpose other than becoming cattle ranchers in the unknown wild or soldiers of fortune in such a hostile place. It is my estimation that something else swayed the two brother to come to the Americas and this is likely due to information passed down through his family regarding some place in the Americas and visited long ago by the ancestors of Antonio. In short he was coming to the Americas to claim his patrimony left to his family and likely documentation of this kept in the family’s possession since the days of the Explorations of the people of Septimania or the Holy Roman Empire from 700 AD to 1000 AD.

In 1581 some event occurred in which Antonio and his brother were accused of murder, there is no record as of yet as to what this was all about, but it is said his brother was arrested and Antonio fled North the outter most outpost of New Spain at the time being Santa Barbara in Chihuahua. If this accusation were true, why would Antonio rather than lie low somewhere, begin writing letters to the King of Spain in an attempt to establish a colony or Land Grant in the Northerly most parts of the most hostile regions of New Mexico. New Mexico at the time included parts of Texas Arizona, and Utah. Why would this wealthy man for some unknown reason put his wealth on the line by voluntarily financing the expedition into the virtually unknown having only been visited 40 years prior by Coronado and Friar Marcos de Niza. It is said that the expedition was for the purpose of discovering what had happened to some friars who were left in New Mexico. From the translators record it is said:

WHILE the viceroy was discussing an expedition to New Mexico, more effective measures were being taken by the Franciscan order and a private citizen. On learning through the returning soldiers that the friars who went with Chamuscado had been left alone in New Mexico, the Franciscans feared for the safety of their brethren and at once considered the organization of a rescue party. To lead it, Fray Bernaldino Beltran, of the monastery of Durango, volunteered. Hearing of the project, Antonio de Espejo, a wealthy citizen of Mexico, who was in Nueva Vizcaya at the time, offered to equip and lead some soldiers as an escort, and to pay the expenses of Father Beltran.
Through the efforts of the friar a license was secured from Captain Juan Ontiveras, alcalde mayor of Cuatro Cienegas, a settlement seventy leagues east of Santa Barbara, then in Nueva Vizcaya, but now in Coahuila.

Now understanding that by embarking upon an expedition of any kind without license could get you arrested or killed simply because it was considered as trespass on property claimed for the crown, it is clear to me that Espejo took advantage of this opportunity bypassing the process of obtaining a license himself, especially with an open accusation of him as a murderer. Espejo was on a quest, what was it he was looking for? Clearly throughout the narrative of Espejo his attention is not on the presumed “missing” friars, as you read through his narrative it is clear he is looking for previous occupation of Castilian. At every opportunity he was setting off further and further from the objective. I have noticed this constant making notation of Castilian Grapes, Castilian Onions, Walnuts Etc.. and such not only in Espejo’s expedition narrative but by others as well, I think these people knew good and well their ancestors had been there before.

Espejo even after reaching the “avowed purpose of the expedition” learning of the demise of the friars, pushed even further, at this point the majority were ready to return to Nueva Vizcaya. From the transcribers of the report of the Viceroy to the King we find…

After reaching  “the borders of the province of the Tiguas, and learned that Fathers Lopez and Rodriguez had been killed at Puaray.
The avowed purpose of the expedition had now been accomplished, but Espejo, seconded by Father Beltran, decided to explore the country before returning. Going two days east with two companions, to the province of the Maguas, adjacent to the buffalo country, Espejo learned that there Father Santa Maria had been killed before Chamuscado left New Mexico.
Returning to the Tiguas, the whole party went six leagues to the Quires, and then visited Sia, fourteen leagues to the northwest, and the Emeges (Jemez), six leagues further north-west. Turning southwest, they now went to Acoma, and thence to Zuni. At this point Father Beltran and about half of the party decided to return to Nueva Vizcaya. But Espejo and nine companions set out northward in search of a lake of gold said to be in that direction. He did not find the lake, but he visited the province of Mohoce (Moqui), and was given there a present of four thousand cotton blankets (mantas). Sending these back to Zuni by five men, with the remaining four Espejo went west in search of mines of which he had heard. After travelling forty-five leagues he found them in western Arizona, and secured rich ores. Returning to Zuni by a shorter and better route, he found Father Beltran and his companions still there.
His party being increased by another of Espejo's men, Fray Beltran now returned to San Bartolome; but Espejo, bent on further explorations, turned east again and ascended the Rio Grande to the Quires. Going east from there Six leagues, he visited the Ubates, and found mineral prospects near by. One day from the Ubates he visited the Tanos pueblos, who would neither admit him nor give him food. In view of this hostility and of the smallness of his party, Espejo now set out for home, but by a different route”
It is said that Espejo did not find the lake, and I would agree as it had been gone for at least 200 years or better, however I am certain that Espejo having been one of the first Europeans to return to this area, could see plainly the evidence of the lake he sought after, evidence that was much more obvious 480 years ago and is still visible today though more so obscured, yet evidence of which today is drowned in an extremely flawed dating system so that you would not consider...

I personally don’t think Espejo went west for 45 leagues as he said he did, had he done this there is no doubt he would have mentioned the Grand Canyon which he no doubt would have encountered. I am certain he did however head North in search of the Lake of Gold, and those 45 leagues along with other time spent, was also looking North. I think Espejo and the 4 men knew exactly what they were looking for, I would wager Espejo had with him documents handed down from his ancestors and he wasn’t going back until he knew he had found the place verifying the documents. The events that occur after they finally returned, shows he found something while gallivanting around which set him up for his next expedition of which would seem there is no record, except one…

Apparently Espejo continues seeking establishing a colony in the North by Land Grant, it is uncertain as the whether the King responded to his letters but it would be my guess according to later documentation that he got that permission in 1584. And soon he was off again, but apparently this slipped past the majority of historians and reasonably so, but based on what information would they say he was heading back to Spain and died in Cuba in 1585?

Antonio de Espejo was off again, and this time it would be 4 years before his return, or at least that was the plan, but I don’t think that worked out so well because apparently no one told the story, as it would seem it was easier to have him die in Cuba. In this expedition there is no record of who went with him, we only know that he did go… and where he went.

If you were to read Antonio’s narrative, and those of the earliest expeditions known, you will notice that not only do they continuously point out finding Castilian this and Castilian that, but they always make reference to mines they had heard about, never do the documents say they set out to “Establish” or create mines, it is always a reference to what apparently were existing mines, whose mines? Were these mines of the indigenous? Or mines of the predecessors from 500 years prior?

Now as you may or may not know, many of the projects in which I work on, have what I call an originator, this is the person who brought me the story or the document, because of this, I cannot disclose the nitty gritty details, as the originator is my friend and colleague, and to be honest, I don’t think he agrees with me on this and that’s ok. My reasons for writing about this particular incident is that even if we cannot verify the things indicated on the document, it is still considered the best and earliest evidence we have of Spanish expeditions into the Uinta mountains, and if we can pull all the other implications together from other sources or find one of the sites indicated on the map, we could also prove even earlier occupation of those who preceded the Spanish at one time of 700 AD to 1000 AD and quite possibly a much earlier migration occurring at 100 BC.

According to the originator of this document, it was given to him after getting to know a co-worker who was Apache, possible Apache/Navajo, he told him that this map with others, was taken from the Spaniards that his grandfathers had killed long ago near the four corners area. As it would seem, Espejo’s expedition of 1584 to 1588 ended somewhere on their return trip to Mexico, Unfortunately Antonio de Espejo and his men, never made it back, and Antonio without a doubt did not die in Cuba. I personally don’t have any question as to the correct analysis of the map bearing Antonio de Espejo’s signature as I trusted it to one of the sharpest of individuals I know with a great knowledge of the Uinta Geography. Upon this map which is a Land Grant area obtained by Antonio which covers some 144,000 acres in a most interesting place in the Uintas. 16 Mines two of which are specifically marked as “Castilian”, 3 presumed armor cache sites, and 2 presumed vaults.

I feel this is one of the most important projects that we have pertaining to early Utah history as it shows a history that has been ignored and suppressed. I intend to start again at the beginning, going over and recreating all the work that has already been done regarding this map, because simple details are often overlooked, we have found certain landmarks, corroborating stories and maps, that all validate not only the map but its authenticity. The research on this map/and the story behind it is extensive, even those who have been involved have not seen the half of the countless hours that has been put into this project. The project has reached the point of serious consideration and I feel warrants going over the entire project again, from the very beginning.  I am looking for a few rare types of individuals to assist, who can legitimately dedicate the time to evaluate this project tracing over the steps I have already taken, I promise you, you will be overwhelmed yet fascinated by what actually has taken place already. This is not for the casual researcher or treasure hunter, you need a computer, not cell phone, advanced photo programs and advance experience with Google Earth, USGS Maps etc… It is my desire to bring this project to the point where in trover permits are obtained and in place and plans of exploration, documentation and excavation are in place. If nothing more, this is one of the many projects I am looking for financial support so that I can do it, after all, under the current circumstances, I have nothing better to do, fortunately I love doing it… and by the time you have read this, I will already be up to my eyeballs doing it all again…