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Rumor has it that Captain Kidd’s famous treasure can be found on this Connecticut island


Visitors can only reach this island on foot at low tide, and to this day none of the treasures that may have been buried there have been found.

The story of pirates is a popular topic among those who find the idea of ​​sailing the Seven Seas and uncovering buried treasure fascinating. After all, who could blame them? There is some intrigue about finding gold that is centuries old. At the very least, learning the history of the world’s most feared hackers is something that interests a lot of people. And for some, that means visiting places where these pirates would have been familiar.

There is a small island just off the coast of Connecticut that is associated with one of these pirates: Captain Kidd. It is believed – well, for anyone who believes the rumors – that his treasure is buried somewhere on the island. However, finding it is not that easy …


The curse of Captain Kidd and many others

Charles Island is located in Milford, Connecticut, and is believed to be where Captain Kidd rested his buried treasure. Of course, this treasure hasn’t been found yet – but it’s not as simple as digging up a shiny coin that will lead to a wooden chest. Captain Kidd’s treasure comes with the story of a curse that was cast on the island, and it’s a story that many people would believe to be true. Charles Island is said to be “three times cursed,” meaning the island has not been cursed once, not twice, but three times in total. The first person to curse the land was a Paugusset chief in 1639. The chief had traded the land with European settlers. It was believed that the trade was done in anger and came as an act of revenge, so the first curse was cast.

The second curse was that of the famous Captain Kidd. The Scottish pirate is said to have arrived on the island and buried his treasure in 1699, but not without first cursing the land in which he was buried. He is said to have cursed the island just before being captured and tried, thus adding to the hostile story behind the island’s reputation. Although the treasure is believed to have been buried on Gardner Island in New York City, many believe Charles Island to be the actual location.

The third curse revolves around Guatmozin, a 16th-century Mexican emperor who took Montezuma’s place. Supposedly, the explorers found the treasure belonging to Guatmozin and brought it back – surprise surprise – to Connecticut. As the curse swept through the explorers, the last one standing was said to have buried the treasure on Charles Island. So the third curse. Despite many stories of buried treasure on the island – multiple treasures, in fact – no treasure has been found, and people have tried to search for it. It turns out that this island may be just that – an island fueled by lore and circumstance. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit.

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Visit Charles Island

Visitors to this (very) small island are generally won over by its secluded nature, which has been untouched over the centuries. At one point, the island could have been the site of a number of things, including a yacht club, a military operation, an amusement park, and even a nuclear power plant. Ultimately, it remained an untouched part of Connecticut’s natural coastal beauty, as well as a home for many migratory birds. Today it is considered part of Silver Sands State Park, and is actually the largest egret and heron breeding colony in the state. Hence, it has become popular for those looking to bird watch or just enjoy the calm nature that exists on the island.

  • Made: Visitors are not allowed on Charles Island between the months of May and August due to the nesting of its endangered bird species.

The island itself is considered a nature reserve, so, as one can imagine, digging for “buried treasure” is prohibited on its soil. One of the island’s most famous features is called Hog Rock, and it’s said to be where Captain Kidd potentially buried his belongings. Despite the last 300 years of research, this fact has not been confirmed and probably never will be. Another unique geological feature of the island is the path that visitors can take to reach it. The island itself was formed by glacial deposit, which left a kind of sandbar in its wake. This sandbar is shallow enough at low tide that visitors can move from the mainland to the island without much hassle.

  • Advice: Visitors should beware of high tide as it can rush without warning. It is best to check the tides before setting out and be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions.

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