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Treasure found on Robinson Crusoe Island?

Having just made a post about the real Robinson Crusoe, its a coincidence that some pirate treasure hunter has been there and supposedly found tons of treasure.

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Has treasure been found on Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island?

In the 17th century a Scottish sailor, Alexander Selkirk, was a castaway on an island 2,000 kilometers to the west of what is now Chile. He was rescued some years later and one day in a pub in Scotland he told his story to Daniel Defoe, who later wrote the famous novel "Robinson Crusoe," based on the sailor's experiences.

After becoming independent from Spain in 1818, Chile claimed this island as part of its territory, but gave it and the other small islands the name "Juan Fernandez Islands," in honor of the first Chilean captain who arrived there.

Until now, the island was only known because of the Robinson Crusoe story and its delicious lobsters. But in 1995 an American named Bernard Keiser arrived on the island saying he had evidence that a considerable treasure had been hidden there at the beginning of the 18th century by a British captain named George Anson. In those days, British pirates frequently raided Spanish galleons and ports on the South American continent.

However, a mutiny began on the ship over the treasure, so Captain Anson decided to bury the cargo on the island and later destroyed the ship near the port of Valparaiso. Anson left a map giving the location of the treasure to another British sailor who stayed in Valparaiso.

Keiser managed to acquire the document and organized an expedition to find the treasure. Nearly 10 years later, Keiser has spent several million dollars, but has been unsuccessful.

A few weeks ago Wagner, a Chilean geological prospecting company that was doing some work in the island, declared it had found by chance the area where the treasure is. It used a highly sophisticated robot invented in Chile that can detect different kinds of underground structures.

The treasure is said to consist of 600 barrels of gold and jewels that today would be valued at US$10 billion. According to Chilean laws the amount must be shared in equal parts between the state and the finders. Of the island's 1,500 inhabitants, many do not believe that the treasure has been found.

"I'll believe when I see it," a representative of the islanders was quoted as saying in the Chilean press. "We don't want the cash; we want investments like a hospital, a new dock and a school."

But all the islanders agree that this is a "gift from heaven" because tourism to the island will now increase, bringing in more jobs.

What will happen in the next few days? The Chilean government must first authorize Wagner to start digging, but until then the whole country will be kept in suspense.
By netchicken: posted on 29-9-2005

Another article has appeared. looks like their robot is a treasure finders dream!

The Guardian

"The biggest treasure in history has been located," said Fernando Uribe-Etxeverria, a lawyer for Wagner, the Chilean company leading the search. Mr Uribe-Etxeverria estimated the value of the buried treasure at US$10bn (£5.6bn).

The announcement set off ownership claims. The treasure hunters claimed half the loot was theirs and said they would donate it to non-profit-making organisations. The government said that they had no share to donate.

It also prompted speculation about the contents of what is considered to be one of the great lost treasures from the Spanish looting of South America. Chilean newspapers were filled with reports that the stash includes 10 papal rings and original gold statues from the Incan empire.

The hoard is supposedly buried 15 metres (50ft) deep on Robinson Crusoe island, also known as the Juan FernŠndez island, home to Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, the adventurer immortalised by Daniel Defoe as Robinson Crusoe. Selkirk was dumped on the island and lived alone for four years before being rescued. His exploits brought worldwide attention to the islands.

For centuries treasure hunters have scoured the island in search of booty which was reportedly buried there in 1715 by Spanish sailor Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverria. Using everything from old Spanish ship manifests to teams of islanders with shovels and picks, foreigners have made so many claims of discovering the lost treasure that islanders are usually sceptical of the proclamations.

This most recent announcement, however, deserves greater credence because of the equipment used by the treasure hunters: a mini robot that can scan 50 metres deep into the earth.

The robot, dubbed "Arturito", was invented by Chileans and over the past year has grabbed headlines by breaking some of the country's biggest criminal mysteries.

First, the robot detected the buried arsenal of a rightwing sect known as Colonia Dignidad. The guns and rocket launchers were buried at some 10 metres and while the authorities had searched for years, the robot found the buried weapons almost instantly.

Then, in the case of missing businessman Jose Yuraszeck, Arturito was able to analyse the soil and identify the molecular composition of human bones, allowing investigators to dig straight to the body of the murder victim.
By netchicken: posted on 1-10-2005

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