Hidden Spanish Mines in the New World

by Jun 20, 2020Spanish Gold Mine0 comments

In the year 1557 the Spanish finally discovered the area of Appalachian in the mountains of what is now Georgia.

They had been hearing about an area that had lots of Gold and food from the Indians since the early part of the 1500s but had been unable to locate it.

They made friends and got permission from the King of the Appalachian Indians to settle down there and begin their mining explorations.

In the very beginning they found a super rich vein of Silver with a small amount of Gold included. After reporting this back to Spanish Authorities they were advised to establish a Royal Mine belonging to the Spanish Crown and told to keep it secret from other people.

The mining and smelting of Silver and Gold bars continued on into the mid 1600s and they created a flourishing small community around the mines.

They traded with the Indians over this period of time and supplied them with arms as well as many other modern conveniences making dominant in the area.

Around 1699 war broke out between the many different Indian tribes in the area and continued for many years into the mid 1700s. The Spanish suspended their mining operations over this period of time as they didn’t want anyone else to discover their extensive mining operations.

In 1715 large groups of Spanish officers began arriving with numerous groups of civilians. These civilians had been involved in the shipwrecks of a large fleet of Spanish ships off the East coast of Florida to the South of their location.

Because all of these people were near starving and exhausted the King of Appalachian granted them sanctuary in his community.

Before long it was quite evident that many of them were very sick and it seemed that they had been exposed to the Plague or Black Death.

The disease spread like wildfire and within a short time hundreds were dead or dying. The Spanish officers panicked and began sealing up the mine and abandoned the area, returning to Florida where they found hundreds of people still on the beaches awaiting rescue from Cuba. All the Indians in the mountains had died or were very sick and those awaiting rescue on the beaches of Florida were dying as well.

The Spanish had a method of marking on the landmass by carving symbols into stone that had to be followed for a Royal mine on the pain of Spain if it wasn’t used precisely as directed by the Spanish crown.

They began a shaft in the ground and continued down for 212.5 feet where they designed a system of rooms containing a Smelter and a Forge for the melting of metal from the ore they were mining.

They were completely hidden from prying eyes and the surface topography was left undisturbed. They created air vent tunnels that led to the main shaft that dropped into their Forge room. Everything was laid out within a 360 degree circle of 1200 feet from South to North and 1200 feet East to West at their mine locations. The 360 degree compass graphic illustrates the positions of all the important aspects of the mining site including smelters, air vents, forge rooms and Gold bearing areas with several large storage rooms for bullion.

They created separate underground rooms for tools that would be needed to open up the mine and also concealed their water sources. Wood for their fires was gotten a good distance away from the actual mine.

They established carved stone markers to show the mine location to their own people and began these markers with one of a large bulldog to show that it was a Spanish mining area protected by traps illustrated with the guard dog.

A religious marker, the number 5, was used for the five wounds of Christ and was the directional marker on the mine site as it could be marked on trees and carved into stone to lead their people into the mine site.

There were many other symbols carved into stone and they all had different meanings and sometimes a double meaning. They used the saddle, the bird, the chair, the boar head, the skull, the shelter rock and of course the heart stone was used to represent Gold. They also used the egg stone to represent a nest egg of ready cash coins or raw Gold that could be accessed quickly in the case of an emergency. Many numbers were used as well for many different things from distance to compass bearings and campsite locations and water etc, etc.

The Audio tapes are my interpretation of what I see carved into the stones on the site as well as determining degrees, distances and representations of different symbols. The text below the Audio tapes gives you an overview of the Audio tapes.

I’ve included an illustration of a bottle or jug that the Spanish used to show a shaft with a room below it, including the drop thru the shaft of 212.5 feet to reach the bottom or floor of the Forge room. They also show in several places a bottle with a narrow neck to let you know that the entrance to a shaft is very narrow and tight and requires a rope ladder to access.

Once you get inside you will find numerous death traps that have been set to kill you or injure you badly, so beware and tread very carefully if you attempt to enter any of their mines.

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Tim Brodie

C.E.O. , Historic Sites and Shipwrecks