On the track of a treasure : the story of an adventurous expedition to the Pacific island of Cocos in search of treasure of untold value hidden by pirates

Author: De Montmorency, Hervey Guy Francis Edward, 1868-1942
Responsibility: by Hervey de Montmorency ; with illustration and a chart
Place: London
Publisher: Hurst and Blackett
Date Published: 1904
Description: x, 290 p., [17] leaves of plates : ill., map. ; 21 cm.
Call Number: rg 910.4 a 1904
Online Resource: Open web link
Subject: De Montmorency, Hervey Guy Francis Edward, 1868-1942--Travel--Costa Rica--Cocos Island
De Montmorency, Hervey Guy Francis Edward, 1868-1942--Travel--Central America
De Montmorency, Hervey Guy Francis Edward, 1868-1942--Travel--Mexico
Great Britain. Army--Royal Regiment of Artillery--Officers--Biography
Great Britain. Army--Royal Field Artillery--Officers--Biography
Pirates--Pacific Coast (Central America)--History
Buried treasure--Costa Rica--Cocos Island--History
Travellers--Costa Rica--Cocos Island--Biography
Travellers--Central America--Biography
Indians of Central America--Mexico--Social life and customs--20th century
Cocos Island (Costa Rica)--Description and travel
Central America--Description and travel
Mexico--Description and travel
Central America--Social life and customs--20th century
Mexico--Social life and customs--20th century
Cocos Island (Costa Rica)--Pictorial works
Central America--Pictorial works
Travellers' writings, English
Biography: Hervey Guy Francis Edward de Montmorency (1868-1942) was a distinguished British Army officer born in Somerset, England. He began his military career in the Royal Regiment of Artillery but resigned his commission in 1889. He took up steeplechasing and rode in the Grand National of 1898. In 1899-1900 he fought in the South African War (2nd Boer War) with the Southern Rhodesia Volunteers that formed part of the Rhodesia Regiment. The regiment was disbanded in 1900, shortly after the Relief of Mafeking. De Montmorency was decorated with service medal and three clasps. In 1902, he wrote "The Boer War" as Major H. de Montmorency RFA (Royal Field Artillery). The following year, he went treasure hunting to the Cocos Island off Costa Rica. After 1913, he plunged into Irish politics. De Montmorency fought in the First World War, 1914-1917, at the Battles of Arras and Passchendaele and mentioned in despatches. For services in WWI he received a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1917
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Summary: The author relates the fascinating pirate history of Cocos Island in the 19th century. Stories say that the "Treasure of Lima", eleven boats of stolen Peruvian gold, is buried on Cocos in the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica. In 1820 a British trader, Captain William Thompson was entrusted to safely transport it from Peru to Mexico but succumbed to murderous temptation on the way. In the same year, Portuguese pirate Benito Bonito used the island to bury his millions. In 1822, William Dampier is also said to have hidden over 60 million in treasure on Cocos. In 1903, the author also succumbed to treasure hunting on Cocos Island and arranged a salvage voyage that he recounts in this travel adventure. To this day no buried treasure has ever been found on Cocos Island, but the legend continues to attract dozens of fortune hunters.