When you think of the top lost treasures of the world, King Montezuma and the Aztec cache will be at the top of the list with an estimated value of around $3 billion at today’s price. But it might not be lost. We may know exactly where it is, but the problem is, no one can get to it.
When Hernán Cortéz led the Spanish Conquistadors to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City) in 1519, the Aztec welcomed them with open arms because their prophecy stated the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl would one day return to reclaim his kingdom, and they believed that God to be Cortéz. However, the Spaniard had other plans in mind.
The Aztec’s showed their false God their gold cache which was a priceless room full of treasure. Following that, Hernán Cortéz started to execute his plan. The story of what exactly happened after this falls a little bit in to the unknown, but the core facts stay the same.
Whether the Spaniards killed most of the Aztecs and King Montezuma in his sleep or if they terrorized the city and murdered Montezuma in the wake of day or whether the citizens of Aztec rebelled and stoned Montezuma to death or if Montezuma was killed in the confusion by the attacks, the fact is, he died in 1519 which was caused by the invasion of the Spaniards.
After the Aztec empire had been brought to its knees and King Montezuma was dead, the Spanish headed straight for the treasure room to cash in on their efforts. But Montezuma’s trust didn’t extend as far as Cortéz thought. The treasure was gone.
Sometime between the Aztecs showing the Spanish their treasure and the death of Montezuma, the Aztecs removed the cache and transported it to a secret location. One that Hernán Cortéz and the conquistadors never found, despite valiant efforts. Even after alleged torture, the Aztecs either, didn’t know, or refused to disclose, where the treasure was moved to and Cortéz reached a dead end and his dream of getting his hands on the treasure cache had failed.
It is said that the Aztec used a strategy called a water-trap, which is a method of tunneling under water to an enclosed area above the water level. They would drain a lake that was situated next to an enclosed cave. They would then dig a tunnel below the water level far enough into beneath the cave and then dig up. After completing this, they would put the treasure in the cave and then flood the lake again to submerge the tunnel and disguised it completely, then they were said to kill each other on site so their spirits could protect the treasure until the the rightful heir came to claim it.
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In the present day, the treasure is thought to be just across the Mexican border, in the scenic state of Utah. And although archaeologists say the Aztecs considered this their homeland, its a long way for them to carry one of the biggest treasure caches ever recorded over 1,800 miles. However, it’s entirely possible as there was said to be 8,000 Aztecs moving it. There’s also plenty to support the treasure being in Southern Utah. So much so that the Child family purchase the Three Lake Ranch in Kanab, UT.
The family have owned the property for over 30 years and made numerous attempts to access the suspected treasure during that time, but all have failed and ended in fatalities and mysterious sightings and warnings every time. The treasure is said to still reside there today. For the full details of the attempts to access King Montezuma’s Aztec treasure, click here: