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Here is another treasure story that might be of interest.
Some treasures are buried on remote places such as Islands and such. But some treasures are buried in places where a city has built up over time which was a once isolated country area in the past.
In the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's vast collections include many interesting historical items in the form of written and published histories pertaining to both the state and the nation. In its collection there is a hand written letter that might also reveal a hidden treasure that lies buried, beneath the ground, in the city of Philadelphia.
There is a mysterious document housed at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania written by an unknown man to his brother, dated May 14, 1716. This letter was sent from Saint Jago de la Vega, Jamaica, the one time captial of a Spanish colony in 1509.
Jamaica has historically been known as the 'hotbed' of piratical activities in the Western hemisphere, with such famous places as Port Royal, a den of bucceneers and filibusters. Was this letter from a pirate from Jamacia?
The letter describes denominations of Spanish currency, used by both merchants & pirates during Colonial times, such as silver 'Double Reals,' 'Pieces of Eight,' and 'pistoles. The letter states that this money was buried near a property called "Cherry Garden" in a area what is now the 'Society Hill' suburb of Philadelphia.
Society Hill' takes its name, not from present-day standards of affluence, but from the mercantile establishment known as, 'The Free Society of Traders,' who as early as 1682, were granted a charter by William Penn. They consequently erected an office and warehouse on the west side of Front Street, near the south side of Dock Creek.
The mysterious 'treasure' Letter specifically mentions property referred to as the "Cherry Garden," which was located in early Society Hill, and though the 'Free Society of Traders' never prospered as it hoped, and came to an end in 1723.
Our unknown 18th century author, besides giving 'location' information as to where the above monies were hidden instructs his brother, "I order you immediately to burn this Direction," in fear that perhaps 'others' may also be able to follow his directions to the 'buried treasure.'
But for what ever the reason the letter has survived up until the present day. Did his brother fail to receive the letter? Did he meet some untimely death or misfortune? Or did he recover the treasure? Perhaps the treasure still lies buried some where in the suburbs of Philadelpia?
The question which naturally arises is the following: Is the document real or fake? All indications appear that the document is not a fake document. And the Letter is the real deal. Directions to treasure Buried treasure is very rare indeed.
Further research in the archives by tracing early maps confirmed the early name of Society Hill with a map dated 1681 showing a early land holding of that name. Later maps dated 1796 shows a completely different landscape, showing a more urban landscape. The Original building mentioned in the letter of 1716 is long gone by 1796. Was it burned by the British in the war of independence?
What is interesting is that the original property called cherry Garden is long gone. But perhaps the memory of that property is remembered by street names? On the 1796 map there is two streets near each other called Cherry Street and Apple tree alley. Was these two streets named after the original property the streets were built on?
On present day maps if you care to Google you will find Cherry street still in existance. However the name Apple Tree alley has dissapeared and has the new name of apple tree lane which has been extended from the original alley.
Is this present day area the the site of the property called Cherry Garden as mentioned in the 1716 letter? And who was the Author of such an mysterious letter? In 1716 Black beard was active with bengamin Horngold. Rackham, Anne Bonny and Mary Read was active too and connected to Saint Jago de la Vega.
It would be enticing to try to connect those interesting and famous pirates from history? The the reality is perhaps more mundane. A unknown pirate or trader forgotten from history left an Mysterious direction to a mysterious treasure. Through unknown circumstances surived to mystify us dreamers who walk in the footsteps of a history long since forgotten.
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