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Treasure hunter searches for long-lost Spanish galleon in Nassau Sound

by Matt
Categories: History
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Published on: April 15, 2013

Nassau Sound is known for its tricky waters to navigate, shark infestations and a remote, narrow pass where the Nassau River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Doug Pope also sees the sound as a possible site of treasure from the long-lost Spanish galleon San Miguel that wrecked in 1715. Pope is president of Amelia Research & Recovery LLC, based in Fernandina Beach, and his quest to find the San Miguel’s loot is the basis of his business.

Pope said the find of a jeweler’s furnace in 1993 near Amelia Island is believed to be from the ship that was part of a fleet of about a dozen that went down during a hurricane nearly 300 years ago. The treasure salvaging season for Pope commences in about two weeks, when area waters are most calm. (more…)

50% Off Admission to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

by Matt
Categories: Deals
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Published on: January 20, 2012

There are only 2 original Jolly Roger flags left in existence in the world.  One of them is at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, relocated here from Key West.  See it for half price – get 50% off admission here.

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

by Matt
Categories: Places
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Published on: July 5, 2011

One of the images most synonymous with pirates is the Jolly Roger.  You always see it hoisted above a pirate ship.  Yet, there are only two original jolly roger flags in existence today.  You’ll find one in Finland of all places, and the other in St. Augustine.  In order to see it, you’ll have to visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.  Recently moved from Key West, it now resides in a place that is steeped in pirate lore and history.  (more…)

Treasure Hunting in Florida – Part 4: The Treasure of Moncrief Springs

by Matt
Categories: Treasure
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Published on: August 12, 2010

In keeping with the recent theme of long-lost treasure, and perhaps to bring this topic to a close, here’s one final article that details something lost within modern-day Jacksonville’s borders.  The following is a history (or at least an embellished recollection) of Eugene Moncrief, a French pawnbroker who escaped the French Revolution with his client’s goods and fled to the Jacksonville area (before it was Jacksonville).  At the time, our town didn’t exist – it was little more than a Spanish territory with plantation owners and Indians inhabiting the wild flatlands of Florida. (more…)

Treasure Hunting in Florida – Part 3: Amelia Island

by Matt
Categories: Treasure
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Published on: July 29, 2010

Known as the ‘Isle of Eight Flags’, Amelia Island is the southernmost of the Sea Islands that stretch as far north as South Carolina.  As the nickname suggests, Amelia Island has seen eight different flags fly on its shores, even those which may be rather obscure and short-lived.  Doubtless, its prime location as natural port on the Atlantic led to the conflicts that occurred here.  Where there’s conflict, there’s treasure. (more…)

Treasure Hunting in Florida – Part 2: Picolata

by Matt
Categories: Treasure
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Published on: July 21, 2010

If you’re searching for artifacts and treasure, go where the people were.  If you’re looking for where the people were, look for water.  Not hard to do in a state covered in water, but specifically looking in strategic positions along the St John’s River could turn up some interesting finds.  Take, for example, Picolata, Florida. (more…)

Treasure Hunting In Florida – Part 1

by Matt
Categories: Treasure
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Published on: July 16, 2010

The very thought of treasure hunting gets me excited – really, I want to go right now and start digging in the sand.  Alas, it’s not quite that easy.  For anyone who’s ever wandered the shore with a metal detector, you can appreciate the time and dedication involved.  It’s not just the time, it’s the energy, the dedication, and still – perhaps it just comes down to that chance that you happen upon something of value.  If treasure hunting were easy, there’d be none left – the fact that we still talk about buried and lost treasure is a testament to the tremendous effort it takes to find.  Even so, the fictional tales and exaggerations of lost fortunes are just as common as authentic records.  Still – with the right attitude, research, and ability, it can’t be impossible.  Right? (more…)

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