Georgia November 04, 2016
The History Behind This Georgia Island Is Rumored To Involve Buried Treasure
Off the coast of Georgia is an island which has quite the surprising history. With more than 5,500 acres, Blackbeard Island has been the setting for pirate’s tales and rumors of buried treasure for the past 200 years. Just how true are these claims of hidden riches and pirate lore? Take a look and see for yourself.
For the past 200 years, it is believed that somewhere on Georgia's barrier islands contains buried treasure left by one of the most notorious pirates in history.
Edward Teach, best known as the famed pirate “Blackbeard”, used to raid merchant ships during the early 18th-century off the coast of Georgia.
Blackbeard was a commanding and oftentimes scary presence, at almost 6’4 with a beard dark as night, braided into ribbons.
As early as 1760, Blackbeard Island received its name, after a map was compiled of the region.
Blackbeard resided in North Carolina from 1716-1718, yet he used the Georgia coast to continue raiding Spanish galleons of gold and silver stolen from the Indian nations.
As the legend goes, Blackbeard buried his pirate loot on the island soon named after him, because of the labyrinth of creeks, inlets, and secluded marshy areas.
Although, despite numerous reports, no treasure has ever been uncovered.
Blackbeard bragged that no one but he and the Devil knew where he had hidden his treasure, and prided himself on the secrecy.
You can often see treasure hunters throughout Georgia’s developed islands, in search for Blackbeard’s treasure.
However, now, Blackbeard Island is a National Wildlife refuge, helping marine life thrive every day.
Yet, one can’t help but wonder just how many millions of dollars’ worth of gold lay just beneath the surface.
So, what do you think? Is there buried treasure hidden somewhere on Blackbeard Island? We’d love to hear from you!
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