Today Sanibel Island is a lush tropical vacation destination. 300 years ago the island was still lush but home to aggressive blood shedding pirates. One in particular was Black Ceasar.

Black Caesar was an 18th century African pirate. For nearly a decade, he raided shipping from the Florida Keys and later served as one of Captain Blackbeard’s chief lieutenants aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He was one of the surviving members of Blackbeard’s crew following his death at the hands of Lieutenant Robert Maynard in 1718. Caesar’s Rock, one of three islands located north of Key Largo, is the present-day site of his original headquarters and named in his honor. (Info from

Black Ceasar’s Buried Treasure

  • Another pirate who made his headquarters near Charlotte Harbor was Black Caesar. He was a former slave who escaped to the West Coast of Florida. Soon afterwords he became leader of the pirates and built his base on Sanibel Island. It is said that he captured a Spanish galleon off Cuba, and brought it back to his stronghold. Among other things on the galleon was 26 tons of silver, which he quickly buried. This enormous hoard is supposedly on or near Sanibel Island.
  • In 1798, Black Caesar buried a ship load of silver bars on the north end of Key Largo. This treasure had been captured from a Spanish Galleon en-route to Spain from Vera Cruz, Mexico. Black Caesar made the Spaniards dig a massive hole for the silver, then killed them all and buried them in the hole with the treasure.

Sanibel Island is about 20 minutes from me. I’m heading to to the store to get a metal detector right now. Look for RumShopRyan in the headlines soon!

Over and out from somewhere south,

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By |2010-04-13T07:41:12-04:00April 13th, 2010|Pirates, Southwest Florida|9 Comments

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  1. SKye Heeren April 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Awesome Ryan – I’ll help! Meet you there!

  2. RumShopRyan April 13, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the comment Skye! We are going to hit it big!

  3. RICHARD LEMIN December 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I’m moving to Pt.Charlotte area ,and I’m retired so guess what I’m going to be doing? You’re right ,get a dog,buy an Gun and go Metal Detecting.

  4. mm
    RumShopRyan December 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Let me know if you find anything Richard! Cheers!

  5. D&W Cole August 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Heading to Sanibel in October and renting a metal detector. Did you have any luck?

  6. mm
    RumShopRyan August 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Me, no. But I see a lot of people out with metal detector all the time, give their luck a try. Cheers!

  7. Glenna June 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Has anything of significant value ever been found around sanibel island?

  8. mm
    RumShopRyan June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m not sure Glenna. Let me do some digging (pardon the pun) and I’ll see what I can find. Cheers!

  9. joe June 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Ryan I think you have a fact incorrect which is Caesar could not have buried treasure in 1798 for the fact he was kill in 1718.

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