Author - Christian Calhoun

Buried Gold: Myth or Legend?

Wouldn't it just be incredible to one day be strolling along the beach and suddenly stumble upon an old wooden chest filled with 16th-century Spanish doubloons? Well, for most treasure hunters, that would be a dream come true! Especially if that particular chest came from an abandoned ship, or perhaps from a legendary place where a famous pirate buried his treasure. But did pirates bury their treasure? Let's debunk this famous myth!Logically, let's think about the concept of burying treasure before we hit the facts. First: Where did this idea come from? There are several historical books contain this idea. The most recognized of all is 'Treasure Island,' by Robert Luis Stevenson. But did you know that Washington Irving...


The Life of a Pirate

The life of a pirate meant signing a contract in which you state that you'd agree to work for a certain amount of time. If you deserted during this time, you could get keel-hauled (tied to the ship, then dumped overboard so that you would drown or die from the wounds received), lashed by the crew, or abandoned on an island. If you decided to steal from the team, whether gold or rationed food, you were punished by choice of the crew or captain.There were very few doctors, and little or no medicine. The carpenter or the cook were often the ones who ended up amputating an arm or leg. It usually ended in death, but this death was...


Humble Beginnings

When I first put the poem of Missy Black on paper, I had no idea how it would turn out. Years ago, it was merely a fun activity to share for a poetry reading at the local library. In a few short months, it became much more than that. But I am getting ahead of myself, aren't I? So, I shall start at the beginning and go on from there.One splendidly dull day, while searching for books that could improve my understanding of the world, at the district library, the head librarian informed me of a poetry-reading that was to take place within three weeks. Although she acknowledged that I was terrified of social settings, she became fixed that I...


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