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Key West Shipwreck Museum Blog

A Real Pirate–Captain Stratton!

August 14th, 2013 by Piper Smith

An actual case of documented piracy and buried treasure occurred in 1720 involving British Captain Stratton of the Prince Eugene!

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Did Pirates Actually Bury Treasure?

August 4th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Even though we love our buried treasure and our treasure maps in our favorite works from Pirates of the Caribbean saga to Stevenson's Treasure Island, there are actually very few ...

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Locals Day!

August 4th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Free Admission for all Monroe County Residents!

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The Copper Scroll!

July 27th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The oldest treasure map in history, the Copper Scroll that was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, has detailed instructions on how to find buried treasure.

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The Oldest Treasure Map in History

July 18th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Did you know that one of the earliest known instances of a document containing the directions to buried treasure is the Copper Scroll?

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The Ships of the Spanish Armada!

July 9th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Did you know that in the 16th century, the infamous Spanish Armada was comprised mostly of Galleons?

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American Dollars and Pieces of Eight?

July 1st, 2013 by Piper Smith

Did you know that the American dollar was based off of the Spanish dollar, or what we know from films as Pieces of Eight?

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Jack Sparrow’s Nine Pieces of Eight

June 25th, 2013 by Piper Smith

Ever wondered what our favorite pirate's coins from The Pirates of the Caribbean saga came from?

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In 2012, a haul of gold and silver coins from a sunken Spanish galleon arrived in Spain after FIVE years of legal ownership battles.

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The Wreck of San Jose

June 9th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The San Jose was a ship of the 1733 Spanish Galleon Fleet that was wrecked by a hurricane as it sailed up the Florida Coast off of what we now ...

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