Search for pirate treasure approved at Robinson Crusoe Island
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A U.S. expedition to search for 18th century
pirate treasure on Robinson Crusoe island has been approved by Chilean
Island Mayor Leopoldo Gonzalez said Thursday the unidentified expedition
found the site where the treasure of English pirate Frances Drake is believed
to be located using data from satellites.
"It has been believed for years that pirate Drake buried here valuable
bounties he robbed from Chilean cities and from Spanish vessels," Gonzalez
said by telephone.
The site is about 6 miles from the island's only populated village.
The government's National Monuments Commission confirmed Thursday the
authorization was given for "scientific and archaeological diggings aimed at
finding the exact place were a valuable shipment was buried in the 18th
Chilean scientists were assigned to follow the expedition because the
three-island area, 500 miles west of continental Chile, is a national park, the
If treasure is found, the Chilean state would keep 75 percent and the
remaining 25 percent would go to the expedition, the commission said.
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