X Doesn't Mark the Spot

X Doesn't Mark the Spot

Tales of Pirate Gold, Buried Treasure, and Lost Riches

Book - 2008
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Anyone who has fantasized about becoming fabulously rich overnight can relate to this collection of treasure hunt stories -- tales of buried pirate gold, of hidden outlaw loot, of wrecked ships loaded with valuable coins and jewels, and of "lost" gold mines.

Some of the stories are tall tales based on little evidence. Many a dreamer wasted money, energy, and perhaps even a lifetime chasing after a pot of gold that did not exist. But some hidden treasures are real, even if the stories about them are exaggerated.

Many of the stories came down to us from an age in which pirates were said to be in league with the devil and supposedly used black magic to protect their hidden plunder.

Ed Butts's tales of adventure, of shattered hopes, and, occasionally, of dreams come true expose the greed and the challenges that motivated the searchers. A few of them got lucky. But X didn't mark the spot for most of these adventurers -- and that means undiscovered treasures still lie ready to ignite the imagination.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780887768088
Branch Call Number: j971 BUT
Characteristics: viii, 78 p. ; 23 cm

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lms Feb 14, 2010

very well written short stories describing the origins behind pirate tales in Canada. For example - Captain Kidd was really a middle aged Scots who sailed for the British Navy. The cover is not terribly attractive but this is a good addition for school assignments on Canadian History.

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