November 13 is Treasure Island Day: there was a real Island with a true story of buried treasure
Tomorrow on Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday, Treasureislandday.com pays tribute to nineteen locations in America, the Caribbean, and Europe, that played a role in the epic story of the real Treasure Island
This incredible story has its roots in the Caribbean, America, and in Europe. It was only recently that maritime historian, John Amrhein, Jr., completed his ten year odyssey in the archives of Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, uncovering a treasure trove of documents that tell the story of the real Treasure Island.
It was a crude treasure map drawn by Robert Louis Stevenson’s stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, that was the initial inspiration for Treasure Island. Stevenson incorporated that map, with his own embellishments, into his story. It was the map of Treasure Island dated August 1, 1750, discovered in a sea chest belonging to a dead pirate named Billy Bones that launched the treasure hunt that became the story’s main plot. This map has become the most famous treasure map in the world.
Treasure Island has been made into numerous movies and plays. The book is required reading in many schools today. If not for the true story of buried treasure and its influence on Robert Louis Stevenson, there probably would not be a Pirates of the Caribbean today.
For all of you wanna-be pirates and free spirits, drop by TreasureIslandday.comand take the world tour of one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.