Cocos Island & The Lost Treasure of Lima | The Dark Histories Podcast

Cocos Island & The Lost Treasure of Lima | The Dark Histories Podcast

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Deep in the Pacific Ocean, 350 miles off the coast of Central America sits a small, unimposing island, surrounded in natural beauty. One of the island’s lesser known claims to fame is that its tropical climate and lost-world appearance were the original inspiration for Jurassic Park’s fictional Isla Nublar. Better known, however, are the myths and legends that pertain to the hoards of pirate treasure, buried beneath the surface and lost for over two centuries. Hundreds, if not thousands, of expeditions have sailed to its isolated shores in the hope of uncovering the untold riches, with little to show for their efforts but the wild stories that have helped to continue the legend of the Lost Treasure of Lima for over two hundred years.


Pim, Bedford & Seemann, Berthold (1869) Dottings on the Roadside in Panama, Nicaragua and Mosquito. Chapman & Hall, London, UK.

Montmorency, Hervey (1904) On the Track of a Treasure. Hurst & Blackett Ltd. London, UK.

Plumpton, James (1935) Treasure Cruise. Witherby Publishing, London, UK.

The Buffalo Commercial (1854) The Cocos Island Treasure. The Buffalo Commercial, 12 Dec 1854, p1. USA.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1854) The Cocos Island Treasures. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12 Dec 1854, p2, USA.

Smith, David (1932) El Dorado. Blackwood’s Magazine  July-December 1932: Vol 232, The Leonard Scott Publication Co. NY, USA.

Cooper, Stephen (2017) Cocos Island & The Treasure of Lima. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

The New York Times (1855) News from the Cocos Expedition. The New York Times, 9 Feb 1855, USA.

Bangor Daily Whig & Courier (1855) The Buried Treasure at Cocos Islands. Bangor Daily Whig & Courier, 13 Jun 1855, p2. USA.


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  1. sandi C on August 7, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Love your channel Ben! Sometimes I turn the lights off and listen to the different stories over and over again!

  2. Julie Levinge on August 7, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Another excellent post👍thank you so much, your channel has gone from good to even better!
    Much appreciated ✊♥️

  3. Karl Witsman on August 7, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Seems like the real treasure is raising money for the expedition. I wonder how much has been spent on the search and on maps.

  4. taesu8 on August 7, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    This is basically Latin American version of Oak Island. Great story.

  5. Tracy Semonik on August 7, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Ben, is that you? I havent laid eyes on you since just after the chicken pox. Just commenting to say nice to see your face, I think. Lol.

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