The Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas, the almiranta of the 1654-1656 Spanish treasure fleet, was lost on January 4th, 1656 in the shallow waters of Little Bahama Bank, when she was struck by the lead Capitana while executing evasive maneuvers to steer clear of the shallows. All but 45 of the 650 passengers on board perished. The shipwreck and her treasure was discovered more than 300 years later by Robert Marx in August 1972 and then salvaged a second time by Herbert Humphreys in 1987.
"Either Uncle Earl Dorr discovered the richest gold deposit in the United States... or he was the most imaginative liar in the state of California." -- Ray Dorr, nephew of Earl Dorr, "Argosy" magazine, September 1967
The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine (also known by similar names) is, according to legend, a rich gold mine hidden in the southwestern United States. The location is generally believed to be in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, Arizona. There have been many stories about how to find the mine, and each year people search for the mine. Some have died on the search.
The legend holds that during the French and Indian War – 1754 to 1763 – payrolls for the French troops stationed in the chain of forts extending from Quebec through the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi River had been brought as far as Fort Levis on Chimney Island, about three miles downriver from Ogdensburg, when British Lord Jeffrey Amherst began his advance from Oswego and stopped the shipment of gold during the Battle of the Thousand Islands.