A family from the US state of Florida found pirate treasure in their attic!
If you thought you could find hidden pirate gold only on The Caribbean, you were wrong. This family found one in the attic of their grandparents’ house in Tampa, Florida!
Mike and Maria Lopez, two siblings from Florida, US, recently discovered a secret pirate treasure hidden in the attic in their grandparents’ home in Tampa. The two siblings found a chest, which contained some old coins, a mummified hand and a pirate map. The map was an old map of the Hillsborough River, the coins looked old and authentic, and the hand was a mummified limb carrying a ring, which had the name Gaspar engraved into it. According to Mr. and Miss Lopez, the treasure was probably acquired by their great-grandfather, Ernesto Lopez, because their grandparents would often tell them stories about how Ernesto managed to defeat the great pirate Jose Gaspar. Gaspar was allegedly pillaging across Florida’s west coast somewhere during the 18th and the 19th century. Mike and Maria decided to show to coins to an expert in order to verify if they were indeed old Spanish gold. Unfortunately, the expert ruled them out as fake, because they weren’t thick enough. The map looked as if it dated back from the 1920s. The mummified hand could be fake as well – some theories suggest that it could just be a monkey’s hand. However, the Lopez family isn’t willing to get it tested.
Maria and Mike are still trying to figure out if their grandparents told the truth or just created a pirate treasure hoax story on purpose. The siblings stated that they would keep the pirate treasure, even if it’s just a hoax and not real, because they feel like it’s part of their family history.