The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of
Solomon was an organization formed in the Middle Ages, best known as the Knights
Templar, but also referred to as the Order of the Temple. One of the early
military orders founded in Europe, during the Crusaders, the order was not so
poor by the end of its days, and dissolved accused of excessive ambition.
From the 1100’s to the early 1300’s the power of
the Templars, endorsed by the church, surpassed their original purpose and
goals. When the order was dissolved their fabulous treasures came into account,
including gold, silver, religious items, artifacts, and crown jewels taken from
almost all the royal European families.
One of those treasures was finally located on Oak
Island, a small island near the coast of Nova Scotia with an estimated value
above one billion dollars. Because the Knights Templar was prosecuted, some of
them probably arrived to this Island to escape from the execution order pending
over their heads.
However the first attempt to rescue this lost
treasure was focused on a different finding. In 1795, an expedition arrived to
Oaks Island trying to find a pirate treasure, Captain Kidd's booty presumably
buried here. After discovering the vestiges of a ship the explorers began with
the excavation that revealed a different treasure that is found lying here.
After finding a series of tunnels and laid
flagstones in successive platforms, the three men who started this venture knew
that something big was buried there. Eventually a company was formed to rescue
the treasure, but throughout a thousand years, the dug has only returned iron
scissors, some gold chains, and an undecipherable parchment.
Because of the complexity of the dug, many theories
have arisen. Whatever is buried on that island is not a pirate treasure, and not
that of the Captain Kidd, whose treasure was found at some point in New York.
This could be a Templar treasure due to its characteristics, but the items found
are frustrating making researchers believe that perhaps the Knights Templar were
not as rich as people believed when their organization was dissolved.