French Treasure Ship Yet To Be Found

French Treasure Ship Yet To Be Found
In September 1724, a French merchant ship was located off the coast of present-day Alabama near present-day Dauphin Island.  The vessel was “La Bellone.” In her hold was stored a cargo of beaver skins, deer hides, tobacco, indigo and coins and bullion valued at 40,000 crowns. She was on her way to Dauphin Island to collect the yearly production of goods by the French colonials in Louisiana, and transport them to France. While trying to enter Pelican Bay, the Bellone ran aground.

Map: La Louisiane

Map La Louisiane
Hand colored. Relief shown pictorially. From the author’s Grosser atlas … [1734?] Includes historical notes and inset of “Les costes de la Louisiane depuis la baye de Ascension jusques acelle de S. Joseph.” Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

Map: The MOBILE & OHIO R.R. AND CONNECTIONS

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Mobile is the seat of Mobile County in the southwestern corner of Alabama along Interstate Highway 10, on the banks of the Mobile River.

As a port city, its influences were shaped by the varied cargoes and exotic travelers that constantly passed through.

Map: Georgia & Alabama Post Offices, Post Roads, Canals, Rail Roads

Map:
Georgia & Alabama Post Offices, Post Roads, Canals, Rail Roads
Maps created for one purpose often contain a tremendous amount of information useful for purposes other than that intended. The References statement in the top right of this map indicates the map is marked with six types of routes:

Horse Mail Post Coach Roads
Stage
Sulkey
Cross
Rail
Canals

One might think the sulkey routes would be frequently traveled and be composed of locations frequented by local residents.  

This map is available as a high resolution download HERE.

Alabama Metal Detecting Clubs

Alabama Metal Detecting Clubs

Alabama Gold Camp
1398 Co. Rd. 5Lineville  AL  36266Phone:  1.256.396.0389gold@alabamagoldcamp.com
 
CENTRAL ALABAMA ARTIFACTS SOCIETY
Pratt, AlabamaPhone: 205-365-1115
South Alabama Historical Research & Recovery
“Dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts”
City: Mobile Contact/Phone: (480) 201-1251 or email: Mike Smith
Meeting location: Golden Coral, 5327 Halls Mill Rd, Tillmans Corner, AL Meeting Time: First Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 pm
Southeast Treasure Hunters
Alabama Prospecting Supply789 Brentwood DriveGadsden, AL 35901mismar@att.netmlhudson1970@yahoo.com
Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings begin at 7 PM
Tri-State Coin & Relic Hunters Club
Warrior Basin Treasure Hunters Association
City: Birmingham Location: Nikki’s West Restaurant 233 Finley Avenue West Birmingham, AL. 35204Contact/Phone: email: webmaster@wbtha.comMembership: $15 with an annual renewal of $10Website: http://wbtha.com/Comments: The club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights of each month.

Historical Sites in Clarke County Alabama

Historical Sites in Clarke County Alabama
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Choctaw Corner Alabama
Choctaw Corner was a former town in Clarke County, Alabama. It is named for the nearby Choctaw Corner, which marked the border between the native Choctaw and Creek peoples prior to the Indian removal. The community was one of the earliest settlements in the county. Choctaw Corner had a post office by 1850. It was a prosperous community during the antebellum period and for many years afterwards.

HISTORICAL SITES IN ALABAMA

In order to better provide precise information for our diverse readership, we would like to point out that we differentiate between the words “historic” and “historical.” We use “historic” in the context of describing famous or important places and events.  “Historical” is used  when describing places or events of the past that have no great significance today but may be of interest to some.