Day 8: Oak Island
Oak Island has been shrouded in mystery for years. And honestly, when looking it up, it is very hard to get a full picture of the history, the theories, and the artifacts that have been found. Could the Ark of the Covenant be here? Or maybe Shakespeares' original works?
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Oak Island is a 140 acre privately owned island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It rises to 36 feet above sea level. And then it's about 660 feet from the Nova Scotia shore. There are various theories of bury treasure and important historical artifacts being on this island or buried deep within this island. It was first mapped in 1924 and it was found that this island basically consisted of four elongated hills. So it wasn't really like a big flat Island or one consecutive Hill it was for elongated hills.
1762 is when Oak Island was officially split into 32 different lots that were put up for sale for settlements. During this time, it was known as Smith's Island after an early settler whose last name was Smith. That's how they named it pretty simple. In 1778, it was renamed globe sester. I'll once again that was a difficult name for me to pronounce. Shortly after they named it that they changed the name to Oak Island. And ever since early settlers Oak Island has been owned by a number of treasure hunters. It never really said if it was owned by 32 different people because they split it into 32 different lots. It kind of seems like it was bulk owned by different treasure hunters who wanted to purchase the land there and try and dig there.
So the original story apparently came from a dying sailor from a ship called the captain kid that sets sail in 1701. This dying sailors stated that there was 2 million pounds of treasure buried on the island. Daniel McGinnis found at pression, he believed was consistent with this original story. He found this depression in 1799, which is almost 100 years after the original story came out. He enlisted the help of two others so that they could dig here, well digging, they found oak platforms about every 10 feet. And I couldn't exactly find if this was where the name came from. But to me, it kind of seems consistent with the name Oak Island. And the years seems somewhat consistent. So I'm assuming, because of the Oak platforms, they found every 10 feet, that is where the name Oak Island came from.
Continued Discussion about the history of Oak Island Owners, Deaths on the Island, and unsuccessful digs. Moving into discussion of artifacts found...
There is also a 1652 Spanish copper coin found in the swamp. In lot 26, a 500 ad, Roman pilum was found. And this is the oldest artifact found on Oak Island, or really anywhere in Nova Scotia, or anywhere over here in the Western world. This was from 500 ad, and at that time, supposedly, America was not even discovered yet. We all know, Columbus did not discover America. So obviously it was discovered earlier than stated, but this is very early. If this artifact was brought in the year, or even near the year that the artifact is dated back to this opens up an entire new view of history. So what is believed to be on Oak Island? Well, the original story was that the treasure of 17th century Captain Kidd was on the island. A dying soldier stated that 2 million pounds was buried on the island. to backup this theory a 19th century stone was uncovered. On this stone, it was carved the saying 40 feet below 2 million pounds like buried, which gives credence to the idea of the Captain Kidd Theory.
Continued discussion about different artifacts that were found into discussion about theories on Oak Island and what it might hold.
Another theory is the Spanish treasure. 16th century Spanish galleon filled with gold was thought to have stopped on Oak Island. The crew was then thought to have buried all this gold on Oak Island and connect to get it but they never made the return trip to retrieve the gold. So obviously it is still buried on Oak Island today if that theory is correct.
Another theory is the Shakespeare manuscript. So Sir Francis Bacon is believed by many to be the real writer of Shakespeare's manuscripts. Because Shakespeare really had no way of being able to write he he didn't know how. So it's insane to think that he wrote everything he supposedly wrote. And this theory is so self encompassing. We're going to discuss it in tomorrow's episode because it's a really interesting theory. So if you want to know more about Sir Francis Bacon and Shakespeare, then just come back tomorrow. But the bookbinding and parchment paper phone makes people believe that these manuscripts are buried on Oak Island somewhere. My favorite theory is that the Holy Grail and Ark of the Covenant are buried on Oak Island.
Go listen to the episode to hear the entire history of Oak Island, all the artifacts found on it, and all the theories about what may still be on or in the island.
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