When a treasure-map falls into his excited hands, Squire Trelawny can’t wait to go treasure-hunting on distant seas. So he hires a crew of experienced sailors, without asking what kind of ship they gained their experience on...
AFTER the landlord of the Admiral Benbow inn died, times were hard for his widow and his son Jim.
Otherwise, they would not have put up with their solitary resident, a rough, foul-mouthed seaman calling himself ‘Captain Billy Bones’.
One night, the Captain died suddenly - apparently of fear, brought on by the visit of a sinister blind sailor - and in going through the dead man’s possessions, Jim discovered a handwritten map.
It must have been important, for that night, the blind man returned with two companions and ransacked the inn.
Jim guessed what they were looking for, and showed his map to Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawny. They were agreed: it was a treasure-map, directions to a vast hoard of gold and gems.
Dreaming of exotic lands and treasure-chests, the Squire quickly found a ship, the Hispaniola, and assembled a crew. A little too quickly, as it proved.