There are actually two stories to this, one is of greed, deception, fraud, and lies… a story I really want to tell but I have chosen to be the better man… For years I kept this information unknown, at the same time it was kept from you as a result… but in recent years I have come to the conclusion that the one whom I really wanted to keep it from, couldn’t find his ass if you lit it on fire and proceeded to put it out with an ice pick…. He is better off chasing his Royal Poodles… There, I said it… Now let’s proceed…
It has taken many years to unravel the mystery of Spanish cache sites, what methods did they use? What was meant by “They did things in three’s” Triangulation etc… I always thought each supposed cache site was different, unique to he who hid it… this is in part true, but what I later discovered with the help of many friends, is that there are basic principles that were used, and derive from none other than the very method used to Navigate the sea’s…
The beginning of this site actually began as early as 1975, however nothing really transpired until one day in the fall of 2004, I got tired of trying to convince the so called expert to break from his theories, and listen to what I had to say, but this proved to be impossible, so I and two of my friends went off on our own, heading for a target area we fully expected to find our next clue, and we did, and the next, and the next and the next… It would be another 7 years before the first real breakthrough was made. Prior to this we could see clearly the entire layout, but how to understand it? What was intended? One day while checking details at what we now call the Cache Turtle, (# 4 Monument in the following diagrams) and while studying the monument closely and without looking, I asked my colleagues with me that day, “Hey, someone get out your compass and give me a north” … after a moment or two I looked up to see three of my friends holding there compass’s pointing in different directions… Clearly it was seen that a compass was useless at this site due to loadstone content. Of course if we couldn’t use a compass, neither could the Spanish.
Thanks to the keen sense of one of my friends in Kansas, recognizing the problem yet seeing what I was trying to do, and understanding the importance of having an identifiable North, even an artificial North, he sent me some information regarding The Rule of Marteloio with the message, "I think this might be what you're looking for," It most certainly was....
As complex as it may seem, the Rule is actually not as complicated as it seems, all you have to do is understand the basics of a 3, 4, 5, Triangle, also known as a Pythagorean Triple, or Triad, and the basics of Navigation using the Rule more specifically knowing what is and how to use the Intended Course, the Actual Course, the Return Course and the Alargar.
Something as important as the spoils left behind in any expedition as a result of very difficult work, the most important thing is to be able to return to that very thing and find something you took great care and effort to hide, and that method is simply triangulation, triangulation is without a doubt the best method to get you to an intended given point. The biggest benefit however is that by using triangulation, the method used can be encrypted making it difficult for anyone else to crack the code so to speak and how to proceed, However, the individuals hiding their spoils cannot do this without revealing themselves IF YOU KNOW the basics of their code, and the instructions left at each and every site UNLESS the instructions are excusive to a piece of goat skin or parchment, so far… this has not been the case.\
There are 6 sites so far in which I know the Rule was used, or at least the principles of triangulation, one has yet to be resolved… there is a small part of this code of which I will not reveal, but I will show one of the best examples of the use of the Rule in the following.
After carefully documenting the location of each participating monument and the characteristics of each, and identifying the intended approach, this is the site plan showing the entire cache layout, it would seem the more complex the layout, the more important the cache likely is, but this is speculative.
Because of the nature of this site I will not be using photographs of each monument, but I will describe each and explain its purpose. Starting with the approach you arrive at Monument #1a which is a large monument actually shaped as a Turtle, about 8 feet in length (Head and Tail Included) , about 3 to 4 feet wide and 3 feet high. It has a very clear Head and Tail present, I say very clear, but truth be known, we did not even notice it for near 8 years.
From the point of Monument 1a, the head points precisely to Monument 1b and further on to Monument #5 west. The Square, or square monument carries two meanings that come to mind, Cache, and 90 Degrees, the distance between 1a and 1b is 205 varas. This information will be used later in the configuration in order to “Navigate” the Cache Turtle, Monument #4. The distance between 1a and 1b is the “Alargar” in this configuration pertaining to the Rule, but in this instant case, it is used twice, and in no other configuration have I seen this much complexity in a layout, the fact that 3 angles are used to establish a given point rather than two as in the basic principle of the Rule. Establishing a given point using 3 angles implies to me, “Importance.” This is the only configuration so far that I have seen the Alargar distance used twice.
From the point of 1a, you can also of course see 1b, but one has to look close, more importantly Monument #3 can be seen at a very great distance, later we would come to find it is the only monument that can be seen from every other point in the configuration, the reason we would later discover is that is serves as the artificial North, (A Sure Reference Point).
If you were to continue traveling in a straight line along the line from the turtles head in 1a, and through 1b at a great distant you will encounter monument # 5. Monument #5 baffled me for some time. When we traveled to the suspect location of Monument # 2, sure enough it was there, just a simple monument as simple as its apparent intended purpose which would seem to be, to occupy that space and serve its simple purpose of identifying the corner of the overall triangle indicating the presence of a cache configuration. Monument # 5 seemed just as simple and because at the time I had no answer, and because the most interesting monument could be seen just a few hundred yards away, it always robbed my attention from #5. I might add although it is already said, view of Monument #3 can be seen clearly from #2, #3, and #4 as well.
Now before we go to #4 or talk more about #5, let’s go to what is termed as the Artificial North Monument or Monument #3 High on the hill. This monument is near as important as the Cache Turtle, without it one cannot verify authenticating the navigation process of #4, if it were missing it wouldn’t stop you from correctly navigating #4 You just wouldn’t be able to verify it, this I will not reveal. Monument #3 is also a turtle monument, it is tall at about 5 to 6 feet and looks nothing like a turtle, what makes it a turtle monument is the very obvious head and tail, again I say obvious but if you do not know what to look for, how can you see it? As far as the cache configuration is concerned this monument serves the purpose of Monument # 2 in verifying a corner of the cache triangle, but it most importantly serves as the artificial North of the configuration which also enables the possibility of verification. The head of his monument does NOT point towards the cache, the head points to the mining area or mine in which the spoils came from, this is verified with a site window which enables you to see the general area intended.
Monument #4 or cache turtle, can be clearly seen from this point. But before we go to #4 lets return to the seeming unimportant #5. For years #5 baffled me and eluded me as to its purpose, until one day I grew frustrated and tossed everything out the window and started all over… I decided to approach this as if I were on the ground doing the actual walking… From the point in which the main trail passes and the first sign is received which gives indication of direction of travel to the monument cache configuration or the easterly most corner, you would arrive at Monument #1a and 1b. The information gathered from this encounter is *Cache, *90 Degrees and * 205 Varas, and is then taken to the next point being the elusive Monument #5. What to do now? It must be here for a reason, some action needs to be performed, it is a simple monument, small, no pointers, no site window, no turtle head etc… But something is to be done at this point but what? I refer to the information gathered at 1a, 1b, how about turning 90 degrees? Sounds good but how far? How about the presumed Alargar distance of 205 Varas? And so having done this precisely, I placed a stake in the ground.
Now with nothing else to do, I travel to Monument #4, very anxious to apply what I had learned from the Rule. This monument is the most important as without it or destruction of certain parts, it becomes impossible to navigate. What sets the Cache Turtle apart from the Standard Trail Turtle, is the arrow or indicator usually found on the back of the turtle.
To DATE, I have only seen 10 of what I believe to be Turtle Monuments, this out of hundreds of monuments, YET I have not returned to the majority of those visited in the past to look for what I did not know to look for then… there are likely many more Turtles if not Cache Turtles… 4 of the 10 turtle monuments are Cache Turtles, the difference in the two monuments "Visually," is that a cache turtle will have a pointer or indicator pointing in a direction other than the turtles head. In purpose however, the trail turtle indicates you have to travel, you are not there yet. It has been said that if there are no legs, you are there, and this “May” be true in tree carvings, but I have never seen this applied or to be true in rock monuments. The cache turtle indicates you ARE there, and now it is time to navigate using the principles and signs given and built right into the monument itself. Out of the 10 turtles mentioned, only one of the 4 cache turtles, the head points away from being in line with the tail, and the arrow points opposite the Tail, it didn’t take long to discover why this seeming deviation. (SEE Previous Image, Left Turtle Example)
Standing at the Cache Turtle and overlooking the head from the back tail side, we see the head and the arrow point in different direction. Don’t bother getting 10 people to line it up and get their opinion as to where they think it is pointing, all of them will see something different just as if the Spanish were standing there trying to line it up. There is a solution, but this is one of those things I will withhold, should you find one of these however I am happy to help you resolve it.
The INTENDED Course (Direction of the Arrow or Indicator) is the direction you want to travel in navigating the sea, but on land, although there is really nothing to inhibit following that course, in addition to following that course you will also want to navigate, actually follow, the Actual Course.
The ACTUAL Course is the direction of the Turtles head. The Arrow or Indicator points to what you seek… Implementing the Rule by navigating the Actual Course or Turtles head, will give you the benefit of triangulation having two points to navigate by, and where they meet is the intended target.
Fortunately in this particular configuration a second method of confirmation of the intended target was given upon arriving at Monument #5. You will notice that the Intended Course stemming from the arrow, not the head, and points to the very place in which the Stake was previously placed.
To navigate the cache turtle using the Rule, begin following the direction of the Turtles head, you travel at the designated angle until you reach a point of 90 degrees FROM the Intended Course Line, equal to the distance of the Alargar being 205 Varas. (SEE Below Diagram)
Having arrive at the point of 205 Varas at a 90 degree angle FROM the intended course, now what? From the original information gathered at #1a and 1b, how about we change course and travel at 90 degrees from the prior course? And if we do that, look where we end up?
From the point reached at the distance of the Alargar and RETURNING to the point at the Intended course, this is called the RETURN Course. That’s all there really is to it, but the verification process is the key. None of the other sites so far have been this detailed and none of them has included the additional method such as the one implemented at Monument #5. Only 3 of the 6 use the Rule, One uses direct line of site but uses the undisclosed verification, one uses simple triangulation and duplication, and the 6th is still unresolved.
I cannot stress enough and with this statement and there is no intent here to diminish any of my friends, but there is no such thing as a Turtle Rock, meaning a single rock being a natural formation which happens to look like a turtle, lizard, bunny or even a Royal Poodle… A turtle Monument is a physically constructed pile of rocks clearly made by man with a well formed head and a tail present (without a stretch of the imagination) on either side at ground level.
The last photo has been intentionally left out as it reveals part of the verification key.