|The Lost Gold Mine -Tsingal from 1932 Eagle magazine|
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Lost Gold Mine - Tsingal
LOST GOLD MINE
Eagle magazine, 1950 April 28.
Digitized by Doug Frizzle, December
Mail-clad Spanish explorers, marching through
the jungle of , met
natives wearing plentiful gold ornaments. The unsuspecting natives showed Panama the Spaniards where the
gold came fr om. They called it the Tsingal Mine. It lay in wild country two hundred
miles north of . Panama
The ruthless Spaniards built a strong stone fort beside
They enslaved the local tribes and
forced them to build a rough,
50-mile track to the coast. Hundreds
of chained natives were driven with whips to work in the
the Tsingal Mine sent a million pounds' worth of
gold every year to .
became weak. The Tsingal natives revolted, killed every Spaniard at Spain the mine, tore down the
fort, and dismounted the guns. The
track to the coast was wiped out by
fallen trees, boulders and streams. Tsingal Mine disappeared.
Only one white man has seen
the mine since then
— Mr. Hyatt Verrill, an American scientist, was guided to the spot in 1932 by a friendly chieftain. He saw
great stones lying in the jungle,
heavy brass guns bearing the date
1565 under the royal coat of arms of
and remains of Spain the hidden road. The
chieftain pointed to a shallow depression in the
ground. "The mine was there,"
he said. "We hid that also."
Now no-one knows where
the mine is. The silent jungle helps guard the secret of its tragic treasure.
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