Seriously… What Would You Do If You Stumbled Upon a Cache of Gold?

There was a story not long ago, about a California couple whose dog unearthed a cache of gold coins. That sounds so made-up. I mean, who does that? Oh… lookie here, millions of dollars’ worth of gold right at our feet. Good doggie. When the couple reported their find, the gold must have had serial numbers on it and it was traced. Turns out it was stolen loot. Back in the 1800’s, someone robbed the bank or the stagecoach and then buried the loot. It lay hidden until the pooch with the golden nose dug it up.Chimney Fire

I think about that story a lot. I live in California’s gold country and 150 years ago, the stage went right through our property. We have holes in the boulders where back in the day, miners blasted into the rock, looking for gold. There’s also a mound that I imagine to be a grave. There’s a creek that runs through the property and after it rains, I keep my eyes peeled for gold nuggets.

New Hot Snow CoverWhat silly games we play in our minds. I have no doubt that if I found gold coins, I’d turn them in. But it is fun to imagine how I could get away with keeping the bounty for myself. Who could I trust to melt it down? No, I couldn’t destroy the beauty and value of the coins. Is there an underground gold market? (Of course.) I guess that’s one of the reasons why I write stories. To debate issues of morality.

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American Born Spaniards… Creoles… Should Have Received More Respect

Spanish King Ferdinand made some bad choices. In his realm as master of the kingdom, he was quite cruel. He instituted the Inquisition, and followed through on his plan to make Spain a Catholic country, leading to the death or banishment of thousands of innocent subjects who refused to submit. But when Spain had colonies in the New World, his choices were also harsh. Ferdinand expected his New World subjects to trade only with Spain. That didn’t go over well. We have the history of pirates and smuggling to prove that. Those whose parents were born in Spain but they themselves were born in the New World were referred to as Creoles and they did not receive the respect they deserved. Laws that allowed only Spanish born subjects to hold higher offices in the government and within the Church brought discontent. Revolts of all varieties in the New World grew so strong, Spain was unable to control the colonies and eventually lost them.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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