Buccaneer LbNA # 6855
|Placed Date||Jan 2 2004|
|Found By||M&8 X|
|Last Update||Aug 8 2005|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
Status: reported missing (09/09/06)
A buccaneer was initially a hunter of cattle and pigs on the Island of what is now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Buccaneers got their name from the meaning of the French word "boucan" (which means barbecue), as they were frequently seen barbecuing their meat on grills (they learned this form of cooking from the Arawak Indians). The buccaneers were driven out by the Spanish, and the persecuted hunters banded with groups of runaway slaves, deserters, and otherís who hated the Spanish and sought vengeance on their vessels. The word buccaneer soon became common, and by the 17th century was used to describe pirates and privateers who had bases in the West Indies and frequented the Gulf Coast. In Mississippi, the area now encompassed by Buccaneer State Park was frequented by pirates in the 1700s, and figures prominently in mysterious tales of smuggling and buried treasure. Located on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico and just 50 miles from historic New Orleans, it is now a year-round vacation spot rich in coastal beauty and recreational opportunities, along with this micro-buried treasure.
From I10 take exit #2 and go south on SR 607 for about 6 miles, then bear right on Hwy 90 for about 3 miles. Turn right on Lakeshore Road and go about 5 miles until it dead ends at the Gulf, then turn left and go about 2 miles to Buccaneer SP on the left. Drive into the park about .3 mile to the parking area by the restrooms on the right, across from the Pirate's Alley trail head on the left.
Cross the road to the Pirate's Alley trail head and walk on the trail for about 75 yards to a T jct. Go right (west) for 110 steps to a 4-way intersection with a trail sign on the ground pointing to the right. Go right (north) for 65 steps to a large pine tree about 3 steps off trail to the right (south). The microbox is buried behind the tree at its base under dirt, pine needles and sticks. Please re-cover well. Note: Hurricane Katrina may have changed landmarks, but the box might still be there.