A treasure map is a term that we often hear when playing treasure-hunting games. However, what is a treasure map? So, it is a map that is used to mark the location of treasures or hidden valuable locations.
The famous treasure map is the pirate treasure map. In fact, this map often appears in treasure-themed films. This map is made from a hand-drawn map filled with mysterious clues and characters. So, a pirate treasure map is a useful item to help a pirate character find treasure on a ship or in the ocean.
As previously explained, treasure maps are often seen in fictional films. An example is the film City Slickers. The main character in the film uses a yellow treasure map that can show the location of the treasure. Actually, using a treasure map is not an easy thing. So, if you have a treasure map, you may not be able to find the location of the treasure easily.
The reason is, the treasure map has various mysterious clues that must be solved. If you are wrong in solving the clues on the map, you can’t determine the location of the treasure.
So, do treasure maps exist in the real world? Its existence is very rare. That's because currently, people are interested in maps made of paper. With the sophistication of technology, people prefer to read maps through gadgets. Therefore, there is a treasure map that can be found using a barcode.
Now, let's discuss the fascinating story of pirate maps. The most famous story of pirate maps in the real world is the story of an English pirate named Bartholomew Sharpe in 1680. He and 300 other people attempted to cross Panama, Central America. They succeeded in seizing the Trinity ship to attack other Spanish ships in Central America and South America.
They are known as intelligent pirates because they are a group of educated pirates. However, the valuable treasure they looted was not gold, but an atlas of Spain. Sharpe finally copied the map. He made a copy of the map as a gift to the king of England.
One year later, the British wanted to control all of the Spanish waters. Therefore, the British used the map provided by Sharpe. However, they knew that the map was a fake map. Because of this, King Charles II requested that a copy of the map be made in English.
So, Sharpe hired cartographers to redraw the map. His name is William Hack. Hack drew the map back in handwriting. There are local landmarks for navigation. Apart from that, there are also various ports in America and the green hills described by Hack. There is also a volcano drawn on the map.
The first copy of the map was presented to the king in the name of Sharpe. He was finally assigned to search for a Spanish treasure ship that had sunk in the Bahamas.
However, Sharpe went to the West Indies and continued his work as a criminal or pirate until he died. So, Sharpe never continued his job to find the Spanish treasure with the map.
Treasure hunting can be one of the fun games for kids. Not only home, but treasure hunting can also be an activity for children at school. Therefore, you need to teach children to make treasure maps. Here are the steps to make that treasure maps.
First, decide what type of map you want to create. There are treasure maps that can be made with signs or symbols. However, there are also maps that contain words. Determine the starting point of the hunt and the location of the treasure. Make all those important points in the sketch.
After determining the right design, start to draw the map. Use white paper or cardboard to draw the map. Don't forget to draw a compass on the map so that children can find clues to the location of treasures.
Apart from that, you also need to draw special symbols on the map. Use a different color for the symbols. Some things that need to be drawn using symbols are starting points, ending points, trees, houses, mountains, rivers, and secret places.
To make the map look like a real treasure map, you can tear off the edges of the map paper. In addition, give some decorations such as giving brown color using tea so that the treasure map looks old. After that, crumple the paper. Then, grease it with oil. Then, dry the paper.
After the treasure map is finished, the map can be used to play. Actually, the treasure map can be used not only by children but also by adults. The reason is, treasure hunting can be carried out in various events. An example is at a birthday party.
By doing a treasure hunt, children will have good cognitive abilities. In addition, children can learn various symbols. Children are also trained to think quickly and creatively. They will also be able to solve problems and make the right decisions.