Gasparilla the Pirate and his Charlotte Harbor Treasure

As promised here is the start of your “Pirate Treasure” stories.  I’ll post one a week “Treasure Tuesdays”…this that lame? Ye be walkin’ the plank if ye so think.  Okay, that was.

They will be focused on the Florida coastline, right in my back yard.  These stories really get your imagination scrambling about finding buried riches yourself.  You’ll read about many that are hidden and a few that were found, so it can happen. Enjoy.

Gasparilla

The most notorious and successful pirate was Jose Gaspar, better known as Gasparilla. His methods were black and bloody, and he stands out among all the pirates who used Florida to bury their wealth. Leaving Spain at an early age, he sailed to the West Coast of Florida. He soon picked a good spot in Charlotte Harbor, and began to build his pirate kingdom. His headquarters were at Boca Grande, on what is today known as Gasparilla Island. In the following years, he accumulated a board estimated at $30,000,000. It is said that he and his brother buried all of his money on the islands in and around Charlotte Harbor. In all, he buried 13 casks and chests of treasure in the vicinity of his headquarters. His men, who numbered in the hundreds, also buried their smaller caches on these islands.

All had been going along fine for Gasparilla until the year 1822. The American Government then decided to get into the act and sent a Navy squadron to end his career. One day Gasparilla prepared to attack a merchantman, but to his surprise, it turned out to be a United States man-of-war. When he finally realized that it was a warship, it was too late. The notorious pirate then committed suicide by wrapping a heavy chain around him and jumping over the side. His ship soon followed him to the watery depths. The ship contained $1,000,000 in assorted treasure, and should be there today. Charlotte Harbor is an ideal spot to go treasure hunting. Just pick any island and start digging, because Gasparilla’s loot is buried on many of them, including Cayo Pelau. (story from treasurelore.com)

So are you juiced up and just caught the gold fever? Here are some Metal Detectors for you to start your quest.

Keep me posted!
Over and out from somewhere south,
RumShopRyan

By |2010-03-16T06:36:03+00:00March 16th, 2010|Pirates|2 Comments

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  1. bud atkinson March 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    jose gasparilla treasure was found off of chartte in 1957, by a guy named joe pappas,, he was seen a few times living it up with cars, girls and the good live , went to ca. on the west coast… where he’s at now is anybody guest….

  2. […] Boca Grande’s history is rich in stories of fisherman, railroads, Native Americans and even PIRATES. In the early 1900’s Gasparilla was named after a legendary pirate, Gaspar. I’ve done a lot of reading on this guy, and he comes out more mysterious after all the reading than he was before! If you want another good read on this guy check out, Rum Shop Ryan’s post. […]

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