The Amazing Buried Treasure of the pirate Olivier Levasseur

This is the exciting story of the famous pirate olivier Levasseur and his vast buried treasure

The amazing treasure of the pirate Olivier Levasseur, also know as La Buse (The Buzzard), is truly one of the greatest pirate treasure in pirate history. It is believed that his treasure is worth more than one billion dollars, including a large solid gold cross, inlaid with diamonds. Legend has it that if you can solve the mysterious cryptogram, which he left upon his death when he was hanged, it will reveal the location of his vast treasure.


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The pirate Olivier Levasseur, his legendary buried treasure and clues to the location of the vast Treasure.

the pirate olivier levasseurThe life and events of Olivier Levasseur are actually well documented which many times is unusual for a pirate. The exact date of his birth ranges from 1688 to 1690 but his death is well documented when he was hanged for being a pirate on July 7th 1730. One of his nicknames was, La Buse (The Buzzard). He received this nickname because of the swiftness and ruthlessness of his attacks. He was the epitome of a pirate, complete with a scar across his face and a patch over one eye.

He was born in Calais during the Nine Year's War and was born to a wealthy family so he received and excellent education and later became an officer in the French navy. During the war of the Spanish Succession he became a privateer for the French crown after receiving a Letter of Marque from King Louis XIV, supporting his privateering activity. Like many naval officers that operate as privateers it becomes a lifestyle which they find to relinquish and eventually go on to become pirates. Levasseur was no different and after the war he joined the pirate Benjamin Hornigold. This business relationship was short-lived but it was enough to spark the passion of piracy in Levasseur.

This famous pirate also partnered briefly with another famous pirate, Samuel Bellamy. Eventually he decided to head to the West Coast of Africa which was a haven for pirates with vast wealth available from the capture of a British East India Trading Company or one of the Great Mughal's heavily armed but loaded with treasure vessels. Olivier Levasseur operated for a time with the pirates Howell Davis and Thomas Cocklyn and in 1720 they attacked the slaver port of Quidah in the former Kingdom of Whydah, reducing the fortress to rumble and obtained a large treasure from the sack of the city.

After the famous raid the slaver port of Quidah he set up his base of operations on the island of Sainte-Marie, just off the coast of Madagascar. From this base he launched numerous successful raids. One of his raids was the plundering of the Laccadives which he did with the pirates John Taylor and Edward England. However pirate Levasseur's greatest and most successful act of piracy was soon to take place.

This is considered probably one of piracy's greatest exploits, arguably even more successful than the Pirate Captain Morgan's sack of Panama. Oliver Levasseur captured the Portuguese great galleon, Nossa Senhora do Cabo (Our Lady of the Cape). Some records also have the ship named Virgem Do Cabo (The Virgin of the Cape). This ship was carrying perhaps one of the greatest loads of treasure ever recorded and legend has it that he captured it without even firing one shot. The Cabo had been damaged during a storm and later to avoid the vessel capsizing the crew accomplished the herculean task of dumping all 72 cannon overboard. With no cannon and seeking repairs the Cabo anchored off Reunion island for repairs and this is when Levasseur attacked.

The vast treasure this ship was documented to have on board included treasures belonging to the Bishop of Goa, also known as the Patriarch of the East Indies, and also the Viceroy of Portugal had a vast treasure on board. The treasure consisted of stacks of gold bars, piles of silver bars, dozens of boxes of gold Guineas, diamonds, pearls, works of art, silks and most notably religious objects from the Cathedral in Goa. One of the items is recorded as a solid gold cross made of pure gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. In fact it was so heavy, because of the gold, it took three men to carry it. Legend has it that the pirates obtained so much wealth that they didn't even bother to rob any of the extremely wealthy passengers on board the vessel. To verify this, one of my friends who is a very notable archaeologist did research in the French archives and this incredible plunder is well documented.

After a long and extremely successful career as a pirate Oliver Levasseur decided it was time to retire and tried to reach out to the French government to hopeful obtain amnesty which was being offered to all pirates in the Indian Ocean who would give up piracy. However, as part of the deal any pirate was to turn over a large part of their treasure. Since Levasseur did not want to give up as much of his treasure as they wanted he decided to settle down in secret on the Seychelles archipelago. Unfortunately, the pirates luck was running out and eventually he was captured and taken to Saint-Denis, Reunion and hanged for piracy at 5 pm on the 7th of July 1730.

Oliver Levasseur's Vast Treasure

Legend tells that when Levasseur stood on the gallows before he was to be hanged he threw into the crowd a cryptogram, some say it was written on a piece of parchment others say the cryptogram was contained in a necklace that he had around his neck. I believe that the cryptogram was written on a piece of parchment. Regardless legend has it that the cryptogram consisted of 17 lines and when he threw it into the crowd he exclaimed, "Find my treasure, the one who may understand it". This was Oliver Levasseur's last act of rebellion against the crown.

cryptogram olivier levasseur treasureHere is a copy of what is believed to be the pirate's cryptogram. One of the more noted and respected individuals who have tried their luck at finding Levasseur's amazing treasure is the Englishman, Reginald Cruise-Wilkins. In 1947 after studying several documents and the cryptogram he believed that the cryptogram could only be solved using a rebus. A rebus is a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters. Reginald never did locate the treasure chamber but based on what he could decipher he believed the chamber is somewhere underground. Also, the chamber must be approached carefully, to avoid being flooded because it is protected by the tides and is to be approached from the north.

Currently, one of my friends who I highly respect, Tyrone Leech, has an expedition to solve the riddle of the mysterious cryptogram and find the treasure.

Author - Bradley Williamson (President Treasure Expeditions Inc.)

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