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Cross of Coronado

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The Cross of Coronado was a jewel-encrusted golden crucifix with a chain; named for Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. It was believed to contain a piece of the cross Jesus was crucified on.


The cross was given to Coronado in 1520 by the Spanish conquistador, Hernando Cortés. At some point it was buried alongside other artifacts in a cave in what would later become Utah.


The back of the cross.

It was discovered in an excavation by Fedora and his gang in 1912. A young Indiana Jones attempted to seize it and get it to a museum, but he was thwarted by Fedora's gang and their client, Panama Hat. Indy eventually regained the cross from Panama Hat in 1938 off the coast of Portugal.

He presented it to Marcus Brody, who felt that it should be added to the Spanish collection at the museum.



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