Cocos island

Cocos island with an area of just 42 sq. km (6,5 km long and 3,2 km wide), belongs to the Republic of Costa Rica. Gloomy, like an ancient fortress, it heaves his steep, hard-to-reach rocky shores over 200 m high. Therefore, the island of Cocos can be reached only in relatively calm weather, which is very rare here.

Cocos island with an area of just 42 sq. km (6,5 km long and 3,2 km wide), belongs to the Republic of Costa Rica

Cocos island is located in the wet and hot climate zone of the eternal summer and, therefore, is dressed in dense tropical forests. But, the animal world here is very poor: there are many birds, poisonous snakes and bloodthirsty mosquitoes. It is clear why it is uninhabited.

And, nevertheless, for more than 150 years the name of this piece of land has not disappeared from the pages of the world press. During this time, over 500 different expeditions visited here. In 1994, Jacques Yves Cousteau's expedition worked in the waters of the island.

The fact that the island of Coconut attracts a fabulous treasure, which, according to various sources, pirates hid here, aside from the main ways.

It is believed that there are six large hoards stored on the island. One of them, which belongs to Henry Morgan, for very modest estimates is 35-40 million dollars. Even more important is the "treasure of Lima" - several tons of gold (lots of gold and silverware and the statue of the Virgin Mary of pure gold in human growth) - hidden in 1820 by the American captain Thomson.

There were connections with the island, and pirates such as Edward Davis and Alexander Graham, who took the pseudonym Benito Bonito and received the awesome nickname Blood Sword, as well as William Dampier (1652-1715), whom his contemporaries called the great filibustier and king of the sea. Dampier was a well-educated man for his time. He tripled the globe and made a great contribution to geographical science, in particular, it was with him that oceanography began.

The treasures hidden on the island of Cocos do not give rest to many seekers of profit. Who just did not dream of becoming a fabulous "Count of Monte Cristo". The search for these treasures was engaged in his youth, even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the former president of the United States of America. Seekers of "happiness" used many different earthmoving equipment, but only one German Augusta Hissler, who alone "shoveled" the island from 1894 to 1914, was lucky to see the glitter of gold. However, they believe that the only gold Spanish coin he found fell out of the purse of one of his predecessors. It is because of exhausting work and a heavy hot and humid climate that the island of Cocos counts more than a hundred graves of those who naively tricked themselves with the specter of unheard-of enrichment.

Few of the treasure hunters were lucky enough to break out of this hell. The island's jungles were and remain mute witnesses of hundreds of human dramas and wasted money, time and even lost lives...

A legitimate question arises: are not the supposed fabulous treasures of Cocos island a myth, a play of painful fantasy? In search of treasures, many seekers of happiness have so dug the island of Cocos, that in 1978 the Government of Costa Rica made the only sensible decision, forbidding further digging there any excavations.