Historical Hidden Treasures

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In 1961 when digging to build the Escape Hotel, now Casa Blanca, workers uncovered pieces of debris of a Spanish galleon and a 700 lb cannon made in the 1700’s.

At other locations of the beach pieces of armor, old roman and Spanish coins, native american artifacts have been found. It makes you wonder of what else could be hidden beneath the sand.

Spanish explorers established an outpost in sheltered body of water known as Spanish Shanty cove, which offered a commanding view of the gulf, pass, and the bay. Sometime during the pirate years, a Spanish ship took refuge here hoping to outwit the pursuing English ship, but the English ship came bearing down on them.

The captain ordered the crew to heave the ship’s treasure overboard with a rope attached so they could later retrieve it. After the battle, the treasure was no where to be found. The Spanish ship then continued west. Some of the ships crew jumped ship and made their way back to Spanish shanty cove. They dove and dove until they found the treasure. Then, unable to carry the gold they buried the treasure in a nearby sand dune.

Months later, they came back to retrieve their treasure, but found that a hurricane had transformed the spot. They could not locate the sand dune.

According to the legend, the gold is still somewhere on the island.


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