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« on: April 14, 2011, 05:26:54 pm »
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was this guy an  Angel
or do you think he kept something for the odd rainy day?
plundered 7 ships, hmmmm.


Jean-Francois Hodoul (1766?1835) was a corsair who worked in the employ of the French government.

In the 1790s he worked as a ships' captain transporting slaves from Africa to the Indian Ocean colonies of Ile Bourbon (R?union) and Ile de France (Mauritius). In 1797 he was credited with the capture and plunder of seven British ships, from which he amassed a large amount of treasure consisting of pearls, piasters and gold. In 1800 he was captured by the British and imprisoned in Calcutta. Hodoul gained his freedom as a result of the Treaty of Amiens (1802), and after his release settled on Mahe Island of the Seychelles. Here he became a wealthy businessman and plantation owner, and owner of several ships trading goods between the Seychelles and Mauritius.

Today in the harbor of Victoria, Mahe is "Ile Hodoul". a small islet named in his honor. Legend has it that Hodoul's treasure is buried on Silhouette Island, northwest of Mahe.[1]


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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2011, 05:31:08 pm »
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Here he became a wealthy businessman and plantation owner, and owner of several ships trading goods between the Seychelles and Mauritius.



That's enough to warrant at least a good long look.   The fact that he was a pirate might or might not mean he had something stashed (usually not).   On the other hand the fact that he became a wealthy businessman and plantation owner implies he was very good about hanging on to his money and probably stashed it to keep people like his former associates (and government types) from getting their hands on it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011, 06:39:54 pm »
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queau de quincy seems to be a man in this bit of history to look into aswell.

Posted on: April 14, 2011, 05:45:39 PM
perhaps this link may help

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 07:03:20 am »
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Hello wuzneme

Thanks for interesting post and possible treasure legend as there is some scope for a little digging.

Here is some references worth perhaps checking up on?

Nouvelles causes c?l?bres: ou, Fastes du crime, Volumes 1-2
 By Jean Fran?ois Constant Mocquard, Jean Gabriel Cappot, Jules ?douard Albois 1812

Decisions of the Supreme Court, Vice-Admiralty Court & Bankruptcy Court of ...
 By Mauritius. Supreme Court, Mauritius. Vice-Admiralty 1866.

Les prisonniers, contenant six nouvelles et une notice historique sur l ...
 By Caroline-St?phanie-F?licit? Du Crest Genlis 1824.

A collection of state papers relative to the war against France now carrying ...
 edited by John Debritt 1802

Interesting enough he may of perished in a shipwreck of 1819?

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Posted on: April 15, 2011, 06:00:45 AM
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the following may be of interest. The following account Mauritius and Madagascar: journals of an eight years' residence in the diocese of Mauritius...By Vincent William Ryan page 120

On our way out we called on Mr. Cauvin, who showed us his vanilla, pepper, nursery for cocoa-nuts, &c. Then we passed the Hodoul estate, formerly owned by the captain of a privateer. The place in which he built his ships; the rock near which he anchored inside a narrow pass; the remnants of his terraced constructions all up the hill-side; the fine trees near his mansion; flamboyant, cocoa, bread-fruit trees and others, all illustrated the short history told me of his deeds as a privateering captain, and then as an importer of slaves; and now, not withstanding the fertility of the soil, and the luxuriance of the vegetation of all sorts, desolation is stamped on the place, even in the next generation.

Perhaps his former property is worth checking out?

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 07:26:09 am »
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hard luck,
ty for that, muchly appreciated.plenty reading coming up for me.

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 04:09:50 pm »
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hi,
this is mainly a thank you to hardluck, idahojones , bittburg, and seldom (tech support)
the wealth of knowledge and advice you have all given has been muchly appreciated.
where you all pull your sources from is just impressive. thank you.

interesting link about code noir, but also speaks volumes of someone not signing it.

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hodoul appears to be throughout most of the places i have been looking at, a privateer yes, but a good, decent,
kind and fair human being.(rare, given the trade)
enough said.
the quest for knowledge continues Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2011, 12:56:57 am »
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Hello wuzneme

Jean-Francois Hodoul being a privateer would have had a letter of marque. Thus protecting him from prosecution as a pirate. He may never had a reason to bury or hide treasure. However if he had strayed into piracy it would of been good enough reason to hide his treasure from piratical activities.

Still I still think he might be worthy of a little more investigation. It might be worth checking old newspapers and Lloyds register from the time he was active as a privateer?

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