Ocracoke and its Role in the True Story of Treasure Island

In this presentation Outer Banks author and maritime historian, John Amrhein, Jr., draws on his extensive research of the 1750 Spanish fleet, lost along the coast of North Carolina and Virginia, which inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island. The story begins with the piracy of a fortune in silver from a disabled Spanish galleon in Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina. These events took place in 1750, the same year that Stevenson’s character, Captain James Flint, buried his treasure in Treasure Island.

The story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is well-known and has inspired generations of books, movies and dramas since it was first published in 1883. In this presentation Amrhein tells the riveting tale of the historical events which inspired Stevenson’s fictional classic. Through archival research Amrhein uncovered a treasure trove of information about a true tale of buried treasure. Amrhein uses historical documents, drawings and photographs to tell of the fateful events that led two brothers from Hampton Roads, Owen Lloyd and his one legged brother, John, to abscond with enough treasure to surpass pirate legends like Blackbeard.

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