Island Dig



Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:45AM PST (-0800 GMT)
Channel Island Secret Treasure DIG Ahoy me Mateys, we have a story to tell that is a little known mystery about the Channel Islands …… On the remote side of a Channel Island, before the California Gold Rush, it is rumored a Spanish treasure was buried by an English Pirate, possibly the fearless young Thomas Cavendish. It is known that Cavendish captured a Spanish galleon and its treasures off the coast of Baja California, and he may have then sailed north and landed at a southern Channel Island where part of the treasure and loot was buried …….. Can you find the location of the treasure ?

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:46AM PST (-0800 GMT)
1. Which of the southern Channel Islands has a legend associated with a lost treasure ? SEARCH button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:46AM PST (-0800 GMT)
2. Who was the carpenter who learned the tale and from whom did he learn it? SEARCH button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:46AM PST (-0800 GMT)
3. When were the native Indians probably removed from the island to the Mission San Gabriel ? SEARCH button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:47AM PST (-0800 GMT)
4. What did the carpenter do once he heard the story ? SEARCH button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:47AM PST (-0800 GMT)
5. Did he ever find the treasure ? SEARCH button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:49AM PST (-0800 GMT)
6. Are you willing to now try to find the ‘treasure’ ? If so, then follow this fun fictional treasure hunt and learn Channel Island geography along the way. First, view this map of the Channel Island where the missing treasure was buried. DRAW your own version of the island on a piece of paper. Once you have drawn your own version, use this online clickable Camping Map to look for a site that matches the information below ( no need to print this as you need to use it online to click on to look at pictures) button

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:50AM PST (-0800 GMT)
7. Study the WESTERN Pacific side of the island, which is where the pirates would most likely have landed to remain unseen from the mainland shore. Look for a bay that is actually a pair of small coves separated by a small headland. It is now a popular camping place. At one of these beaches there is a prehistoric rock art painting on a weathered cliff … and it has one of the few coastal dune ecosystems still intact on the island. Just inland from one of the coves is a small palm tree grove now, but it would not have been there when the pirates landed. Look for a bay on the WEST side of the island, with palm trees, that is actually two coves divided by a headland of rock.

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:51AM PST (-0800 GMT)
8. Once you have discovered our pirates landing place, you next need to select a spot nearby that you think the pirates would have chosen to bury their treasure – qualities to look for are : Not too far from the shore as they would have had to carry its heavy contents / Far away enough from the shore that the tides would not have disturbed it / A site with soft, easy to dig soil, not rocky / A place which they would be able to recognize later with clear landmarks.

Channel Island Treasure Hunt: . . . . Tue, Feb 25, 8:52AM PST (-0800 GMT)
9. Now MARK the spot with an ‘x’ , put your name, your teacher’s name and your school’s name on it in a corner, and fax your Treasure Map to Camp Internet (fax is 805-686-1149). Or you can scan it and email it, or write us and tell us where you think the treasure would have best been buried (camp@campitnernet.net). At the close of the DIG we will announce here in the Dig room which students or classrooms guessed the right location of the treasure on our treasure hunt!

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