Florida is treasure coast, why are the other coastline states underestimated

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Just asking Florida is the Mecca of treasure hunting, what about Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and upwards. Not well travels routes or enlighten those of us maybe it’s just the way they came, but I’m sure all the up to Delaware there’s something we missed, ok thanks for the input.
 

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681 Spanish ships were lost in the Americas between 1492-1898, the Spanish used the gulfstream that flows along the East coast and then NE to Europe to sail back to Spain so the Spanish ships that sank off America's coast are mostly along the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Pirate ships lost run all the way up the east coast to New England.

Check this link out.

Spain logs hundreds of shipwrecks that tell story of maritime past | Spain | The Guardian
 

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High winds and tides brought them here and a bunch stayed...:laughing7:
 

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I spent five days in Vero Beach in April visiting family, about ten hours detecting. "Treasure Coast" not so much for me, I must've been on the Aluminum Coast.
 

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I detected the Florida east coast in the late '60s. It was a lot different then.
 

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Treasure_Hunter's post is 100% correct. It's not just Florida. They found the Wyndah off Cape Cod, east of Long Island, duh, recently, and a couple years ago the powers that be dredged off the NJ coast and dredged up the wreck of the "FAME" an American ship that sank in 1781 and a quadzillion Spanish 8 reales were dumped on the beach just ready for the taking! Forget Florida. Treasure is everywhere. Time for some road trips. No one can really stay in their zip code or county and expect excellent results, even the Florida folks. Now in NC and SC, a lot of the coast is park of one type or another. Folly Beach in SC is built on a CW camp. You just need more research. Think of it like this - a 1 reale cob, eaten by the ocean maybe $75. A Confederate buckle from the same spot, say $3k.
 
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Treasure_Hunter's post is 100% correct. It's not just Florida. They found the Wyndah off Long Island Sound recently, and a couple years ago the powers that be dredged off the NJ coast and dredged up the wreck of the "FAME" an American ship that sank in 1781 and a quadzillion Spanish 8 reales were dumped on the beach just ready for the taking! Forget Florida. Treasure is everywhere. Time for some road trips. No one can really stay in their zip code or county and expect excellent results, even the Florida folks. Now in NC and SC, a lot of the coast is park of one type or another. Folly Beach in SC is built on a CW camp. You just need more research. Think of it like this - a 1 reale cob, eaten by the ocean maybe $75. A Confederate buckle from the same spot, say $3k.

Whydah was found off Cape Cods National sea shore - not Long Island sound
https://nenc.news/new-englands-surprising-pirate-history-next/
 

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Whydah was actually located a while ago - they been working it for awhile
just not as well known as the Fla. wrecks
 

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Treasure_Hunter's post is 100% correct. It's not just Florida. They found the Wyndah off Long Island Sound recently, and a couple years ago the powers that be dredged off the NJ coast and dredged up the wreck of the "FAME" an American ship that sank in 1781 and a quadzillion Spanish 8 reales were dumped on the beach just ready for the taking! Forget Florida. Treasure is everywhere. Time for some road trips. No one can really stay in their zip code or county and expect excellent results, even the Florida folks. Now in NC and SC, a lot of the coast is park of one type or another. Folly Beach in SC is built on a CW camp. You just need more research. Think of it like this - a 1 reale cob, eaten by the ocean maybe $75. A Confederate buckle from the same spot, say $3k.

But you forgot...

1 gold reale... heh... of any denomination... 5k to... um well lets see... few years back... 6 were found at a value of 900k each.
 

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We're too busy here in New England digging large cents, Rev War USA buttons, GW inaugural buttons and 1652 tree shillings to bother with shipwrecks! Lol!
 

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Every storm on the east coast of Florida, Ga, SC and NC bring more treasure to those who hunt the beaches. A major storm can uncover new items on the beach and bring more into the shallows. Hunt where you live and like to visit....it’s all relative as the folks in Europe have more under their feet than we can imagine here in North America.
 
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Question is it the storm pushing stuff up to the beach or simple pulling back the sand that currently already there or both
 

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I have a friend who walks a stretch of beach every morning and has found over the past few years 2 silver spanish coins. She likes sea glass so always is looking down. This is in Indialantic Fl. which is considered the "Space Coast" but just north of the "Treasure Coast".
 

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Treasure Hunter: The other piece is that the sailing of the Spanish treasure fleets was on a rigid schedule that brought them through the dangerous Bahama Channel during hurricane season - every year.

I've said for years there are more professional treasure hunters (and finders) in Colorado than there are in Florida. You just don't read about them in the newspapers or see them on TV.

Good luck to all,

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49er12, the ocean does both. It deposits sands on the stuff now till mid fall, then rips the sand back off mid fall to early spring. Hurricanes and Nor'easters are exceptions and can rip the sand off any time they feel like it.
 

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Treasure Hunter: The other piece is that the sailing of the Spanish treasure fleets was on a rigid schedule that brought them through the dangerous Bahama Channel during hurricane season - every year.

I've said for years there are more professional treasure hunters (and finders) in Colorado than there are in Florida. You just don't read about them in the newspapers or see them on TV.

Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo

Book, I was just trying to explain to 49er that the Spanish treasures can be found in more than just Florida, explained the route the Spanish Ships used and that they used the gulf current to return to Spain which flows up Florida's coast up to N. Carolina then off to Europe. Florida was the staging area for the trip to meet the War ships to protect them on the dangerous return trip.
 

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Both is the right answer I believe. The last hurricane in my area pulled sand and dunes off the beach that had accumulated over 70 years. It uncovered the steel and concrete coastal anti-ship batteries from WW2. Wind, water and time can move mountains.
Question is it the storm pushing stuff up to the beach or simple pulling back the sand that currently already there or both
 
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Question is it the storm pushing stuff up to the beach or simple pulling back the sand that currently already there or both

It depends on the storm, some pull sand off beaches and others pile it on, depending on the direction of the storm's winds and waves in relation to the beach.
 

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One of many charts showing "the track of the galleons"




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1781

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