"It is an interesting one as I believe that Levasseur attempted to get pardoned and was keeping a low profile. If I am not mistaken one of the requirements was that he give up his loot."
Indeed , you are correct it is an interesting one , regardless if you believe or don't believe a mass of ill gotten gains was ever hidden.
I enjoy this legend because , no one has ever really done a full on proper research on him , practically everything on the internet , is a rehash of same story , without ever bothering to check if it was true or not.
The infamous "Fiery cross of Goa" i agree , probably never existed , my opinion , someone coined it from an Indian gentleman by the name of A.K. Srimar (from memory) who wrote a book for his children in the 70's i think.
You are correct , he did apply for amnesty. Some took it up , some fled into various islands in the Indian ocean , some left for Europe.
out of an original 600 pirates , on 3 vessels , 140 left and got amnesty in the west indies from the spanish. one vessel simply got lost in a "storm" the rest stayed with la buse , then that whittled down even further.
25th jan 1724 ,John Clayton , a trusted member for La Buse arrived at St Pauls , Bourbon Island asking for amnesty on behalf of La buse and others , he was later killed at 10am , 22nd march 1724 , by 3 pirates , Daniel Agres , Richard Septon and Henri Howard.
during that year a number took up amnesty in may ....
john Bentley , jack butler , julien clous , daniel danois , leston adem , edouard jones , pierre dossier , john allen , john flacombergue , julien hordouin , samuel d'hest , francois lefevre , william martin , benjamin melly , guillaume ottroff , john perse , alexandre vre , john tea , adam johnson , edouard lahe , joseph pascal , guillaume planter.
Pirate Captain Condent , actually got 2 amnesties , the original for Bourbon , the latter for allowed to return to France.
"but as far as 'The Buzzard' burying this enormous treasure....?" or "If I am not mistaken one of the requirements was that he give up his loot."
So which is more correct , if the buzzard through original documents , appears to show a stalling tactic of not coming in , does that not suggest there may just be a grain or two of truth in the legend?
(a lot of this information is online , transcribed by a researcher and historian , its his hard work into slavery on bourbon island that has made it known what information can be found , if prepared to look. )
Even to the actual journey of the Cabo through the storm , in great detail was documented and told by the viceroy himself can be found on the internet.
As for the Buzzard from birth to capture , thats for another day.
Hello Monsignor Bananas
I am glad that you are looking at this objectively and not letting things cloud your judgment.
It is fair of you two raise the two separate sentences that I made regarding whether I believe Levasseur buried a treasure or not. If he did, which seems very possible and real, I do not believe it was anywhere as big as imagined and certainly not a constructed maze of cryptic clues. He seems to have had a few decent scores during his piratical career, so the chances are he was very wealthy. It would stand to reason that as part of his pardon the authorities would look to retrieve as much of the loot as possible because from a practical point of view, what was stopping anyone fancying their chances of becoming a pirate or buccaneer and then seeking a pardon after making their fortune?
I shall hold my hands up and say that my research into this particular legend has been elementary due to the fact, even though I am curious about it, that I believe it would take too much of my time to devote to this single subject and there is other things I am working on. I commend you as it seems you have done some in-depth research and know more of the story than most.
Whatever the situation, 'The Buzzard' seems like an interesting chap...