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    Conquistador armor . . .

    In the Natural History Museum in Mesa, there is a piece of conquistador armor that was stated to have been found somewhere in the mountains south (I think they said "20 miles south of here"). What has been running though my mind is, that it is curious that only one piece was found . . . it just seems strange that the wearer would throw off the back piece, and not the front piece. So I am left with wondering if perhaps what really happened is that they buried some armor, to prevent it from falling into the hands of hostiles, but forgot one piece, and for that reason it was not buried, and was later found. I would assume they would part with their armor either because it was to hot to wear it, or possibly because the wearer was killed.

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    This is some tantalizing thoughts, so I have to wonder if perhaps anyone has any idea where this armor was found, who found it, or what expedition it came from, along with possibly the expedition route . . . . interesting thoughts to say the least . .
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    Its also possible that Native Americans took some of the armor and wore it.

    The two most famous who did that were Chief Iron Shirt (wore Spanish Chain Mail Shirt) and Chief Iron Jacket.

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    More than likely this is what they found. Would bet money there is more out there...

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    Very cool, Skywola! Thanks for sharing!

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    They may of traded with the natives, once the natives had it the stories/imagination is endless (Buried, fought in war with it, traded with other tribes etc.). I would do some research a little and find the area where they found the armor and md the hole area....GL/HH

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    Its also possible that Native Americans took some of the armor and wore it.

    The two most famous who did that were Chief Iron Shirt (wore Spanish Chain Mail Shirt) and Chief Iron Jacket.
    It is likely that if this were the case, they would have taken this piece too . . . . no doubt the Indians would have considered any piece to be rare and precious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywola View Post
    It is likely that if this were the case, they would have taken this piece too . . . . no doubt the Indians would have considered any piece to be rare and precious.
    Not necessarily. Chief Iron Jacket only wore a breastplate.

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    It was probably made into arrowheads..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    It was probably made into arrowheads..
    Probably made into an Oklahoma State Beer Helmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollum View Post
    Not necessarily. Chief Iron Jacket only wore a breastplate.
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    Well, If you were to run across something like this, would you leave it in the desert? The Indians were not stupid . . . . perhaps ignorant at times, but I don't think they would leave it laying there at a time when metals were precious, and armor was rare. A back plate could also be worn as a front plate.
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    I once heard of an ICE Agent working on the Tohono Reservation south of Casa Grande who found a breastplate in a cave.
    This may have been the one he found.

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    I have heard they found 4 full suits of spanish armor at the south side of miners needle buried only 3 feet deep in the 70's -80's Not at all sure if the story can be confirmed.
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    I hear a lot of stories about things that have been found, but google for info and find nothing. I am not sure if it is just that the finds do not make the news, or the internet, or they are just stories. I suppose the best way to find out would be to visit all the museums in the area and inquire. That said, given the sheer number of treasure stories that abound, you do have to wonder just how many of them are based on just rumor or outright fabricated. These types of stories are great for the tourism industry.
    I thought about pursuing some of these tales, like the Peralta stones tale, but I sometimes think that you have just as much chance finding something haphazardly than you do of finding something based on the stories that are usually based on very slim and abstract details and very little provable fact.
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    Here is an interesting newspaper article from 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/3882...spanish_armor/
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    I am pretty certain that the front was taken by a buxom apache maiden
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