The Five Craziest Theories from The Curse of Oak Island

The Curse of Oak Island continues in spite of the fact that the people on the show have found nothing so far. This is unsurprising because theirs is far from being the first expedition to the location, meaning that there wasn’t much reason to believe that they would have better luck than their well-prepared predecessors. However, what stands out about them is the sheer range of crazy theories that have been brought up on The Curse of Oak Island, though the History Channel being the History Channel, this isn’t that surprising either. Here are five of the craziest theories that have been brought up on The Curse of Oak Island:

Freemason Treasures

Freemasons are called thus because Freemasonry can trace its roots to the local fraternities of stonemasons that existed in medieval times. This is the reason that Freemasons retain the ranks of Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master, which are very much characteristic of medieval guilds and similar organizations. Regardless, hostility towards Freemasonry has existed for a long, long time, both because of its secretive nature and because of its international connections. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is a very, very popular subject for conspiracy theories, which in turn, made a secret Freemason vault a perhaps unsurprising theory for the supposed treasure of Oak Island.

Knight Templar Treasures

Speaking of which, the Knight Templars are just as popular as the Freemasons when it comes to conspiracy theories. However, what is particularly hilarious about this theory is the exact nature of the potential Knight Templar treasures. Apparently, there are people who believe that Oak Island isn’t just the location of the Holy Grail but also the location of the Ark of the Covenant. Suffice to say that either claim would be unbelievable without extraordinary proof. Never mind both of them at the same time.

Marie Antoinette’s Jewels

Marie Antoinette was the Austrian-born spouse of Louis XVI of France. Due to a number of reasons, she was very unpopular in France, so much so that she managed to get caught up in the Affair of the Diamond Necklace in spite of the fact that she had nothing to do with it whatsoever. Regardless, when the French Revolution came, Marie Antoinette’s collection of jewelry was split up, with the result that some of the pieces have unknown fates. For whatever reason, there are people who think that some of those pieces winded up in Oak Island, which is more than a little bit improbable to say the least.

Pirate Loot

As strange as it sounds, the claim of pirate loot being buried on Oak Island is one of the craziest theories that have been proposed. This is because while buried pirate treasure looms large in the popular imagination, there isn’t much historical evidence for the practice. In fact, there is a single known example of a pirate burying his loot, which was the case of William Kidd burying some of his loot because he wanted to use it as a bargaining chip to escape the sentence of execution. Even then, it wasn’t too long before the local governor recovered the treasure, meaning that there just isn’t much reason to believe in the existence of buried pirate treasure. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t buried treasures in the world, seeing as how burying is a time-honored practice for people seeking to hide their valuables, just that there is no reason to believe in the specific existence of buried pirate treasure. Never mind buried pirate treasure on Oak Island.

William Shakespeare’s Lost Manuscripts

Seeing as how William Shakespeare is perhaps the single greatest English writer to have existed so far, it should come as no surprise to learn that he is the subject of a fair amount of speculation. Something that hasn’t been helped by the fact that we don’t actually have manuscripts of his writings. Curiously, The Curse of Oak Island has mentioned a theory that the location might conceal the lost manuscripts of Shakespeare, which would make for an amazing find but aren’t particularly likely under the circumstances. Still, it is fun to think about how this particular theory could fuel the ongoing Stratfordian-Oxfordian arguments.


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