Robinson Crusoe Island is within the Juan Fernandez Group. The three Islands that type the group lie within the Pacific Ocean some four-hundred miles off the coast of Chile and have been named after the Spanish seaman, explorer, who found them. Juan Fernandez found the Islands in 1574 by chance when he strayed off beam whereas on is method from Peru to Valparaiso and being a sensible man, he named them as they lay, Mas Afuera – Additional out Island, Mas a Tierra – Nearer to land Island, and the smallest, Islote de Santa Clara.

Mas a Tierra grew to become well-known because the uninhabited Island the place Alexander Selkirk was marooned by Captain Stradling and managed to outlive on his personal for 4 years and 4 months, earlier than being rescued by the Woodes Rogers expedition. As a result of Daniel Defoe used Selkirk’s story as his inspiration when writing his well-known novel Robinson Crusoe, the Chilean Authorities determined to formally change the title of Mas a Tierra to Robinson Crusoe Island and the close by Island of Mas Afuera to Alexandro Selkirk Island.

In accordance with legend simply six years after Alexander Selkirk was rescued an enormous hoard of gold and jewels was buried on the Island. The treasure was stolen from the Inca’s through the Spanish conquest of Peru within the 16th and 17th centuries and in 1715 was loaded onboard a ship to be transferred to Spain through the Spanish wars of succession. Nevertheless, the commander of the vessel Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverria determined to stash the treasure on the Island of Mas a Tierra, and return for it at a later date. He by no means did return, having sailed again to Mexico he died along with his entire crew within the shipwreck of the plate fleet in a hurricane within the July of the identical yr.

Someday earlier than this occurred, Ubilla, dissatisfied with the approaching to energy of the Bourbon Dynasty, had opened secret negotiations with the English and as a part of a deal had given them the placement of the treasure. What occurred to the knowledge at that time is anybody’s guess, however ultimately, in 1761 it got here into the arms of Admiral Lord George Anson. Not one to procrastinate, the Admiral instantly dispatched Captain Cornelius Webb within the Unicorn to get better the loot. Webb reached the Island in 1762, dug up the booty and after loading it onboard set sail for residence. Sadly the ship bumped into an excellent storm and with a mast cut up and ship broken, Webb returned to Mas a Tierra, reburied the treasure in a brand new location and sailed to Valparaiso on the Chilean mainland to hold out repairs earlier than going again for the booty.

With the repairs full Webb discovered that crew have been planning to grab the Unicorn and the treasure as soon as they reached Mas a Tierra and he determined to precise a horrible retribution for this proposed mutiny. As soon as they have been far sufficient from land, he torched the ship and rowed himself again to the mainland, leaving the crew to perish within the inferno. Again in Valparaiso Webb despatched off coded messages to his sponsor, sadly by the point they reached England Lord Anson had already been useless for 5 months. At this level each Captain Webb and the messages he wrote disappeared from view.

Then amazingly, one-hundred and ninety years later the letters have been discovered within the north of England and along with a 3rd discovered close to to Valparaiso, ended up within the arms of one of many richest males in Chile, and a search on the Island was instigated for the 800 barrels of gold, jewels and artefacts now valued a ten billion {dollars}; the search was unsuccessful.

Nevertheless it was not lengthy earlier than one other treasure hunter arrived on the scene. Bernard Keiser an American businessman arrived on the Island after seeing a programme on the tv in regards to the fabulous treasure hidden on the Island. Then in 2005, after he had been looking for seven years, a brand new crew arrived on the Island. They have been Wagner Applied sciences of Chile, who utilizing a robotic named Arturito had inside a brief time frame pinpointed the placement of the hoard fifteen metres underground. The media went wild, the story went international after which simply as rapidly died when nothing occurred. The entire thing appears to have been a stunt to achieve publicity for the robotic.

In the meantime Bernard Keiser was nonetheless laborious at work and by 2010 having spent over two million {dollars} on 5 separate searches, has discovered nothing thus far, however he has not given up but and who is aware of? Possibly sooner or later he’ll hit the jackpot?

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