Cocos island, in the Indian Ocean, is infamous for its caves, jungles, and supposed buried treasure. The main man responsible for shaping this legend was a A man called William Thompson, captain of the Mary Dear.
The origin of the treasure he buried, is Lima, Peru. In 1820, authorities had been close to losing control of the city, in events related to the Peruvian War of Independence, The authorities decided to move their entire treasure to Mexico for safe keeping.
The treasure comprised unbelievable amounts of wealth, thousands of pieces of eight, thousands of gemstones inlaid into golden objects, 4000 doubloons, 5000 Mexican crowns. Included was a remarkable seven foot Virgin of gold weighing 780 pounds, on which were 1684 jewels. Three of those were four-inch emeralds on the pectoral and six are six-inch topazes on the crown. There were also seven crosses covered in diamonds. The value today would be incalculable
Thompson decided that he would be a fool to part with this incredible treasure. It was of course accompanied by Spanish marines, as well as priests. Thompson massacred them all. He then sailed to Cocos island and buried most of the loot. The Spanish however were on his tail. He and his ship the Mary Dear were boarded, by the frigate 'Espigle', and the pirate crew met with a grisly death on the yardarm.
About to be executed, Thompson and the first mate cut a deal. They would lead the Spaniards to the treasure in exchange for their lives. Upon reaching Cocos Island, He led the Spaniards down a long and false path, deep into the jungle. He then bolted, disappearing forever. It's unknown what happened to the first mate.
Some treasure hunters, think that Thompson made it back to Newfoundland with the help of a whaling ship. He never appears again, bu appears to have a successor, with a strange name, Benito Bonito, of the Bloody Sword. The name is convoluted, lengthy, and it must have been something like Bloody-Sword Ben for short. This pirate also liked to bury American treasure at Cocos island which he had raided in the Americas.
Some say that it was really Thompson went by the name Ben Bonito. At any rate Benito had a career of his own.
According to legend, in 1821, he entered Port Phillip Bay. There was as yet no colonial city in Victoria. The remote location and almost-unknown bay afforded suitable protection to hide the loot of lima. His adopted name was "Bloody Sword" Bonito, who despite the romantic name was a minor pirate, not in the category of Blackbeard.
The problem with Bonito is he is more a legend than anything and historians have had a hard time verifying details about him. The story of Queenscliff, a peninsula on the end of Bellarine peninsula, Victoria, comes from Mary, a girl he had picked up in Panama. She claims that Bloody Swords' actual name was Graham Bennett, who had captained the HMS Devonshire. He had been given the task of surveying the coast between Cape Horn and Panama. Sensing his remoteness, and not fearing the decaying navy of the declining Spanish Empire, the temptation to raid the Spanish main, had become too great.
He announced his plans to the crew. he promised that those who would not join him in his new career would be safely put assure. He double crossed these men. During a visit to Cocoos island, which may have been to either deposit or look for treasure, he took the disagreeable portion of his crew by surprise, massacring them on shore. It is this location which links Bonito to the treasure of Lima. Another version of the tale says that Thompson, who commandeered the treasure, is none of that Ben Bonito himself! They are one and the same!
After this, he raided a squadron of the Treasure Fleet, attacking three Spanish Man-o-wars, even capturing one vessel, and loading up his treasure on this ship, as the Devonshire was beyond repair. He then sailed to Cocos island, burying his loot at the end of a tunnel, which was 35 feet long.
A heavily armed pirate hunting ship was dispatched, and was soon hard on the heals of Bennet's ship. Bonito defeated this after a hard battle. His own ship was heavily damaged, and he was cornered by another ship, in Beuna Ventura bay, and executed. In another story this happened at Coccos Island. In Mary's tale, this happened at Queenscliff, where he was sighted just after exiting the heads of the bay, by a British warship...
Some hint of the fabulous treasure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_of_Lima
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