A Mysterious Box In Grandfather’s Attic Unlocked A 200 Year-Old Secret.
When was the last time you cleaned out your attic? Most of the storage spaces in our homes are filled with pretty uninspiring things: Dusty decorations, suitcases, maybe an unused piece of furniture or two. The longer you live in a place, the more you collect -- which is why our grandparent's places are treasure troves of ancient artifacts -- some more so than others.
Take, for instance, the case of the Lopez family. For years, the Lopez grandchildren heard what they thought were tall tales from their grandfather, stories of his own father taking to the briny seas to find pirate's treasure. They assumed he was making it all up, until one day, they found something peculiar in his attic. What it was is truly mind-blowing, and will make you reconsider every seemingly far-fetched story that your granddad has ever told you. Sure, there might be figurative treasure in your family attic -- but sometimes, that treasure is realer than you could have ever imagined.
A few weeks ago, the Lopez family decide to clean their grandfather's attic.
They expected to find some memories of the past, but they couldn't have bargained for what they stumbled upon.
But to understand this story, you need a bit of context.
When they were children, the grandfather would tell them stories about his father, Ernesto Lopez. According to him, Ernesto had found the pirate Jose Gaspar's treasure in the Hillsborough River.
They'd always dismissed it as legend -- until they found a box in the attic.
Jose Gaspar was a notorious (and very real) Spanish pirate. Though they knew he was an actual person, they could have never assumed their great-grandfather got ahold of his treasure -- but then recently, they found the box.
So what was inside?
For starters, they found a crude map of Tampa, likely drawn years ago.
Here's a drawing of Jose Gaspar, taken from a 1900 brochure.
But the unearthed treasures were about to get even better.
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