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Treasure Hunting In Thailand

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Has anyone heard any stories, legends, or myths about pirates and beaches and buried treasure on southern Thailand islands? There doesn't seem to be any good info on the internet.

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Never heard anything about southern Thailand. The west coast maybe ...

 

In the late 1600s, the French were trying to get in good with King Narai in Ayutthaya. The King sent an ambassador on a French ship to go to the Court of Louis XIV. It was loaded with gifts, elephants, the sort of thing kings give to each other. The ship never made it to France. Apparently it sank after putting in to port Madagascar in very poor condition. There were no survivors. The wreck has not been found.

 

Look up Samuel White if you are after treasure tales. He was an English "interloper" (trading in what was supposed to be only the East India Company's area). He later went to work for King Narai and was port officer for Mergui (now in Burma). He instead turned to piracy in the Indian Ocean. Might be something you can use in that.

 

 

<< Meanwhile, Siam entered into conflict with England (the Honourable East India Company, led by Josiah Child), officially declaring war in August 1687. The reason was that the Englishman Samuel White, brother of George White and a friend of Phaulkon, had risen to prominence to become the Governor of Mergui in 1684, replacing his compatriot Barnaby. From there he traded under the Siamese flag and engaged in piracy, sometimes attacking ships under English jurisdiction. The English responded by sending warships to the harbour of Mergui, and the Siamese, fearing that the city might be taken and resenting corruption, massacred most of the English residents there. The result was that the English were banned from Siam. >>

 

 

http://en.wikipedia...._war_.281687.29

 

http://www.goodreads...2-siamese-white

 

http://17thcenturysi.../2009/11/y.html

 

http://www.deanbarre...kon_of_siam.htm

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Correction ... I've seen a few mentions of pirates in the deep south, but they were Muslims from today's Indonesia. Caused some trouble in the area off of Pattani. Look in the books about White. It was at that time.

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