Oak Island made it to the headlines back in 1795. The reason? A possible site for a massive hidden treasure! Ever since then, a number of treasure hunts were conducted but in vein. The treasure hunt continued for over two centuries, making it the longest running treasure hunt ever in history of mankind. Unfortunately though, the legendary lost treasure still remains as mysterious and elusive as it was more two centuries back.
How did it all start? How many expeditions took place to find Oak Island treasure? What was the eventual outcome? These might be some of the questions that are crossing your mind right now and we are glad you asked! Let is find out in details of what happened how the first hints turned into a legendary saga.
A little about Oak Island
Along the Atlantic coast of Canada is Nova Scotia. Sitting off the shores of Nova Scotia is a group of 360 islands. Among these 360 is a small island called Oak Island. There is nothing too great about this island. A small island spanning over an area of 141 acres, dotted with rocks and skirted with sand along the perimeter, this island has a dense forest cover. It is serene, naturally beautiful and apparently looks like a perfect solace for people burned with the daily humdrum of the modern life.
Hiding behind its serene face is an intriguing mystery that has captured the imagination of many people of the likes of adventurers to academics. It supposedly holds a treasure that many men have tried to discover but only to fail. For some, the hunt ended in graves!
How did it all begin?
So there was this teenager named Daniel McGinnis who in 1795 noticed, from the house of his parents, some strange lights flashing on the offshore of an island. Intrigued by the mysterious lights, he set out for some investigation and came across a circular hole or depression which had a diameter of approximately 13 feet. He found the depression on the forest floor of the island.
Scanning through the surroundings, Daniel notices that several severed oak trees surrounding the depression. Of all that he saw, the most disturbing was the presence of a tackle and a block hanging directly above the depression from a severed tree branch.
With a curious mind he left and confided his findings to two of his friends named Anthony Vaughan and John Smith. After impatiently waiting through the seemingly endless night, the three teens rushed to the island as soon as the sunrays kissed earth and set on a mission of excavating the site.