Robert Louis Stevenson

November 14, 2011 by staff 

Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He rose to fame because of his first novel, Treasure Island. That book was inspired by a real treasure buried on November 13, 1750, at Norman Island in the BVI exactly one hundred years before the Scottish author was born.

In his new book, Treasure Island: The Untold Story, American author and historian, John Amrhein, Jr., documents an amazing tale of revenge, greed, high seas adventure, and buried treasure. In Stevenson’s book, his treasure map says that the treasure was buried on August 1, 1750, by a Captain James Flint. In real-life, the treasure was buried by Owen Lloyd born in Flintshire, Wales. He and his peg-legged brother, John, engineered a plan to sail away with over a hundred chests of Spanish treasure from a disabled Spanish galleon at Ocracoke, North Carolina. Unfortunately John was captured but Owen made it safely to the Virgin Islands.

This daring theft challenged the peace that had just been established between England and Spain. The embassies of Denmark and The Netherlands were also involved as the errant governors of St. Thomas and St. Eustatius helped themselves to treasure that had been seized from Owen Lloyd and his associates. The aftermath of the theft sent ripples across the Atlantic for the next fifteen years.

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