The hunt for Captain Kidd’s treasure started as soon as he returned from his Indian Ocean adventure. The Earl of Bellomont, after being taunted by Kidd about his “concealed treasure” sent out his men to comb the countryside in his vain search. Kidd’s men were quickly arrested and questioned at length in the attempt to discover where Kidd may have made his concealment. Kidd continued to boast about his hidden treasure to the officers of HMS Advice as he was being returned to London from America to face Murder and piracy charges. His boasts were reported but not pursued. A few days before his execution, Kidd put pen to paper and wrote to Robert Harley, Speaker of the House of Commons, offering to take a party to the location of his buried treasure in return for his life. His offer was refused. The story of Kidd’s secret treasure cache became the subject of legend, and many stories were told and songs sang about Kidd’s fabulous hidden treasure in the dockside taverns frequented by sea rovers throughout the world.
The legend of Captain Kidd rose again and awoke the imagination of the world when Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in 1883. His book, based on his childhood fascination of Captain Kidd’s Treasure Island, is now one of the most widely read books in the world.
The Captain Kidd story hit the headlines again in the 1920’s and 30’s when the Palmer brothers discovered old maps drawn on parchment, hidden in secret compartments of Captain Kidd’s chests and furnishings. The Captain Kidd story will be with us until the mystery is solved and published !
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