This guy was a celebrity, sort of in the ilk of Billy the Kid. His capture and trial aroused so much public interest and speculation about more bounty hidden in secret locations, that the myth that he must have maps revealing their location became all the more popular. But all of it was based upon speculation. No maps ever existed.
While many people still come by from time to time stating that they have a genuine pirate map, most are fake. Not a single one is supported or endorsed by respected scholars.
This left me wondering. Why didn’t pirates make treasure maps? It could be for a few reasons. While most pirates were expert navigators, map making, especially when it comes down to locating something hidden beneath the surface, isn’t an easy thing to do. You only need to look at the early maps of the world to see how difficult the task is. It really wasn’t until Captain Cook, who was one of the best cartographers of his time, if not all time, that maps became more accurate. They could have certainly buried their bounty, but a poor map would have ensured it remained hidden. But probably the most likely reason was trust. In a world of thievery, murder and pillaging, the only person that you could trust was yourself. Put it this way. You work with someone that rapes, kills, murders and steals for a living. Sure, you work with them, but would they steal a chest full of gold and silver from you if you weren’t around? Maybe, maybe not. But would a pirate take that risk, even if they knew they were about to hang? I doubt it.
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