One of the most intriguing mysteries, one I grew up knowing something about, is the mystery of what, if anything is buried beneath Oak Island, in Mahone Bay on the south coast of Nova Scotia. During my formative years, the theory was pretty consistently said to be
the location of a pirate treasure, hidden there by the privateer turned pirate, Captain William Kidd, or Captain Kidd, as he is best known. However, whatever is buried or hidden on Oak Island has thwarted searchers for two centuries, numerous fortunes have been lost instead of made, in the search for Oak Island Treasure.....in fact, some would argue that the treasure has been made by the persons supplying the equipment and supplies to those searching for buried treasure on Oak Island, as well as by the tourism that the treasure story creates. However, that does not take away from some of the findings, facts and theories of what is buried on Oak Island.
Not everyone who wonders about Oak Island is convinced that the treasure is buried pirate treasure, here are a few of the theories of what might be hidden on the tiny island:
- The treasure of 18th century pirate, Captain Kidd. Some researchers claim that he frequented the area to hide from authorities, rest and repair his ships. Kidd apparently buried some of his treasure on an island in New York Harbour, which added credence to the idea that it may have been him who created the Oak Island treasure hideout.
- There are other examiners of the Oak Island Mystery who believe the pit and tunnels actually are an elaborate mechanism to hide the original works of William Shakespeare, who, it is also speculated was really Sir Francis Bacon, writing under the penname of Shakespeare. This theory grew out of a piece of parchment said to have been found by one of the searchers.
- Nova Scotia was at one point an important piece of real estate that was the scene of many struggles between the French and the British, who both had strongholds and forts here. There is a theory that Oak Island was created by the French to hide the crown jewels of France, a treasure that has been missing since the late 1700's. The French were established in a fortress in Louisburg on Cape Breton Island, they were frequently attacked, or under threat of attack from the British. It is theorized that the jewels were moved to Oak Island for safe keeping. This doesn't seem likely to me, for one thing, Oak Island is a farily long way from Louisburg, but......I dunno......the complexity of the tunnel system lends itself to the idea that someone with an advanced knowledge of engineering may have created the system. With that in mind, army engineers could have been involved.
- There are treasure hunters who believe the treasure is not that of 1700's era pirates, but instead may be a holding place for Spanish seagoing peoples, bringing gold or silver home from the New World. In the same breath, it could have been a hiding place for any number of seagoing countries, moving treasure back and forth from the New World.
- The theory that is gaining the most momentum of late is that the diggings are the work of the Knight's Templar, who escaped persecution Europe in the 1300's and came to the New World to hide and protect the "holy grail" which they are said to have had in their possession. This ties in to the idea that Scottish Prince Henry Sinclair came to Nova Scotia around 1398, using knowledge learned from his family ties to the Norse and his strong connection to the Knight's Templar. The Templar's found refuge in Scotland with Prince Henry's family after escaping Europe. This theory is enhanced by the farily overlooked castle ruins found at Green Oaks, a community close to Mahone Bay.
A recent theory, put forth by Oak Island researcher and Native American Keith Ranville has a new theory, one that is gaining some credence of late. In the last few years, Keith has turned his attention to deciphering the stone that was found in the pit, that was originally said to read, "forty feet below 2 million pounds are buried." What Keith has concluded is interesting and plausible, his findings may lead to a new search, on another nearby island. You can read what he discovered, and what he believes the stone inscription says Here and on Keith Ranville's website, Oak Island Treasure
Whatever is there, beneath Oak Island, may never be found, perhaps it is already gone, removed long ago by whomever put it there in the first place. That....is what makes this so interesting......
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