Hidden Treasure, And Sea Shells, on Seychelles Islands

The Seychelles Group of 115 islands is in the Indian Ocean 1,500 kilometres from the African mainland. Other nearby island territories are Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, La Réunion, and Mauritius. The larger Seychelles islands are dreamy holiday spaces, where it is entirely possible to forget your worries, and listen to the ocean as if there were no tomorrow.

Tourists visit the Seychelles Islands by private yacht, luxurious cruise ships, and sleek modern airliners. Their first port of call is often Mahé Island, where there is an international air terminal and a harbour. The climate is tropical rain forest. With 50% of land under conservation, the place abounds with exotic birds, wild orchids, giant tortoises, and achingly lovely beaches.

Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé, Seychelles Islands
Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé: David Stanley BY CC 2.0

Relaxing Beach Holidays on Seychelles Islands with Pirates and Hidden Treasure

Dead Men Tell No Tales of Seychelles Treasure

There is another aspect to the Seychelles Islands that is the mother and father of fantasy, and dreams of holidays forever on an island. In 1721, a pirate named Olivier Levasseur was searching the region in three ships crewed by 750 fearsome pirates. When they found a Portuguese galleon at anchor at La Réunion flying a British flag, they attacked with all their might and overcame the crew.

Historians record their bounty, presumably war booty included, “bars of gold and silver, dozens of boxes full of golden guineas, diamonds, pearls, silk, art and religious objects from the Se Cathedral in Goa, including the Flaming Cross of Goa made of pure gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds.” The latter was so heavy it needed three men to carry it.

Se Cathedral, Seychelles Islands
Se Cathedral: Nagarjun Kandukuru BY CC 2.0

Dividing Up the Secret Spoils of Plunder

Each of the 250 pirates received a small fortune of £50,000 in golden Guineas, as well as 42 diamonds. Olivier Levasseur, now exceedingly rich, split the remaining treasure of over a million pounds sterling with his captain, John Taylor who kept the cross. Then they separated, with Olivier Levasseur retiring to an unknown Seychelles island with his loot.

John Taylor obtained another ship, which he sailed to Panama. There, he traded it with the governor in exchange for an official pardon. Whether his ‘ship’ included his share of the treasure trove, no one knows. The huge cross just vanished. Olivier Levasseur was eventually captured, taken to La Reunion, and hanged for piracy.

Seychelles Islands, Olivier Levasseur grave
Grave of Olivier Levasseur: Tonton Bernardo BY CC 3.0

The Tomb of Olivier Levasseur. Seychelles Pirate

Legend has it that before he died, Olivier Levasseur removed a cryptogram from around his neck, and threw it to the crowd exclaiming, “Find my treasure, the one who may understand it!” To this day, no one knows what happened to his necklace. But a fellow pirate did obtain some other documents after his death, including another cryptogram of where the treasure lies.

Nobody has successfully interpreted the cryptic enigma, although some say it contains references to the Zodiac, the Clavicles of Solomon, and the Twelve Labours of Hercules. It seems to suggest the treasure is underground, where digging could cause flooding. It appears to be protected by the tides, suggesting these need holding back in order to excavate. And so the search continues to this day on these romantic islands.

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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