posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 05:41 AM
I have always loved the idea of lost treasures since i was about ankle high. This legend of Tayopa, seems more than just a legend though. It is said
that over 16 tons of gold and silver is still out there, just waiting to be found! Now what a discovery that would be.
Let's look at this story a bit more.
The Jesuits in the 1600's were doing more than just bringing the gospel to the natives, they were also enriching the church, as was the norm back
then. Now in 1592 the Spanish Goverment passed a law that prohibited priests from owning any mines, however this law was retracted in 1621. The
Jesuits kept mining though, and in 1703 the Spanish Goverment issued a royal degree that reproved those that were breaking the law. Now because of
this, and the fact that the goverment took 20% of all the ore that was mined, many of these mines were and still are, secret.
In 1603 the mines known as Tayopa was discovered, somewhere in Sonara, Mexico, near the Yaqui River. How it was discovered, and who discovered it,
nobody knows. It is known however that there were 17 mines discovered in total in this area, and they were all very very rich in silver deposits. And
so in 1632 the Village of Guadalupe de Tayopa was established. So in 1646 a reverend with the elaborate name of Francisco Villegas Garsina y Orosco,
did an inventory at the church, and a huge amount of silver and gold, and other valluables have been accumalated.
In 1646 there was an Apache uprising wich seems to have led to the partial evacuation of the village, but church records found in nearby areas
suggested that marriages and baptisms were performed up until the 1700's.
In the mid 1700's the village was abandoned, there is no idea why, but there is some speculation. One possible cause was either they were destroyed
by the Apache's, or because in 1767 the Jesuits were expelled from Mexico, leading to a desertion of the village.
Now because this village was so important, it means that a permant church was buildt there, and that there should even be proof today of this church
in that area.
There has been people looking for the church and the treasure, but the reports seem to be conflicting to say the least.
In 1842 a Captain James Hobbs, discovered some ruins near the Yaqui River, presumed to be that of Tayopa.
He wrote the following:
"In wonderfully rich country we found some ancient ruins, the cement walls and foundation stones of a church and a lignum vitae cross, which seemed
as sound as it had ever been. We also found remains of a smelting furnace… and some drops of silver and copper. From the appearance of the ruins, it
seemed as if there had been a considerable town there. The lake was the headwater of the river Yaqui… Beside the remains of the furnaces, we saw old
mine shafts that had been worked, apparently long before."
In 1885 Britton Davies, an officer in the Us army, spoke to some locals in a village called Nacori, and they told him about the Tayopa mines. They
said the Apache's attack the town, destroyed it, burned it to the ground, and blew up the mind entrance, and destroyed the church too. He also added
that on some nights you can hear the dogs, and bells ringing from the village of Tayopa.
In 1927, Carl Sauer of the University of California found church records in Arizpe, Sonora that came from Tayopa. He also found records at
Bacadeguachi. He speculates that Tayopa is somewhere between Nacori Chico and Guaynopa.
Henry O. Flipper, was the first black graduate from West Point, and a hardcore searcher for Tayoba. Now in 1911 when Flipper was in Spain, he came
across some directions for Tayopa. This is what it said :
"On the 7th day of March stand on the summit of Cerrro de la Campana, near the Villa de la Concepcion, and look at the sun as it sets. It will be
setting directly over Tayopa. Travel eight days from Cerro de la Campana toward the sunset of March 7th and you will come to Tayopa."
Now, if i had a whip, a hat and the time and resources, i would like to go look for this treasure, but it might only be a legend too.