A Brief Story of the Tesoro Del Alma Treasure

The Tesoro Del Alma treasure trove site lies east of the Rio Grande River and adjacent to the Camino Real Trail or "Mission Trail" in the foothills of the Caballo Mountains. The existence and use of the Mission Trail is well documented. The Spanish in the 1500-1600's, driven by the desire for gold, enslaved Southwestern Mexican and Native Americans to mine gold and silver in the mountains of the New World (New Mexico). The refined gold and silver was for use by both the Church and the King of Spain.

The Spanish used the chain of western Missions to transport thei riches to the Gulf of Mexico or on to Mexico City. The Camino Real (Mission Trail) was the main highway from the missions of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Mexico City and the trail the Spanish Conquistadors, Jesuit Priests, and ox-driven gold trains traveled in the 1500-1600's. A Spanish Armada would deliver the cargo of gold and silver through the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately to the King of Spain. The Catholic Church received a small percentage for cooperating with the transport of the mined bars. The transportation of people and goods is re-enacted annually in the City of El Paso, Texas by the Mission Trail Society in the celebration of the "First Thanksgiving"in late April. The Spanish enslavement created much ill-will amongst the native population and eventually led to the numerous attacks against the Spanish.

History tells of a Pedro Navarez, a reported renegade Spaniard or inter-bred Native American, who in 1639 joined a wild bank of Native Americans who made a habit of raiding wagon trains and travelers along the Camino Real. Navarez and his gang made their headquarters between the Rio Grande and the Caballo Mountains, the scene of many of the attacks. Navarez and his gang was active for 10 years before being captured and sentenced to death by the Spanish. Before his death, he confessed in full to a priest at the Convent of St. Augustine in Mexico City. In his confession Navarez told of large caches of treasure hidden in the Caballo Mountains by him and his gang of robbers.

Common practice of the Spanish was to mine the contents of the gold and silver mines and crudely cast precious metal bars weighing enough to discourage thievery yet allow transportation by mule trains. These bars would be stacked back in the mine and the entrance closed and guarded until the wagon/mule/oxen trains arrived. These wagon trains, escorted by the disliked Conquistadors, would then travel to their final destination. The gold-laden wagon trains with their Conquistador escort became slow moving targets for robber-gangs along the Camino Real Trail.

During the mid-1600's the Native American tribes of New Mexico revolted against the Spanish Governor Ornate, and eventually drove the Spanish from the area for a short period of time. During that period the contents of several mines were unearth and hidden in surrounding underground caves where the Conquistadors and Priests could not find it again. This was done in a vain attempt to discourage the Spanish from returning. It is the view of Tesoro Del Alma that the Caballo Mountain treasure trove site is either a hidden cache of mine contents or booty hidden by marauding robber-gangs for later recovery.

In either case the Tesoro Del Alma treasure trove is one such treasure, hidden, with the exact location forgotten, or the secret of its existence and location lost over many passing generations.

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